1.17.2018

A friend and a flame. My heart's desire.

I don't think it is a coincidence that my New Year's desire has been supported by continual quotes, readings, and sermons about the importance and beauty of Scripture that have been presented to me since the first of January. The Lord is trying to drive the point home with complete clarity. I feel like He is whispering in my ear ... "I want you to KNOW My Word, Michelle. The theme, the stories, the characters, the commands, the cautions, and the promises. Read it, memorize it, meditate on it, FEAST on it, and hide it in your heart. Everything you need for life lies between the pages. Dig for the truths. Search for wisdom. Seek ME. I reveal Myself in My Word. If you seek Me there - you will find Me."
And that is exactly what I want. To KNOW God. Fully, completely, intimately.

But it does not just happen.
Knowing God requires an active, intentional, and purposeful pursuit.
Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually! I Chronicles 16:11
He reveals Himself in the pages of Scripture, and we have full access to Him through prayer because of the death of His Son. 
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16

Scripture.
Prayer.
Everything we need is tucked securely within them.
Praise God for such wonderful gifts!

I am currently reading the biography of John Huss (Jan Hus), a man who lived in the 14th century. In the first several chapters, the author describes the times in which he lived, and the men who influenced his unshakable devotion to His Savior. Matthias of Janow was one of these men, and I love the author's portrayal of him.
"Janow compared his own religious awakening to a religious fire which had entered his heart, and whose flames burned brighter as he lifted up his soul in prayer to God and to Jesus Christ, the crucified. The Bible had been his friend and bride from his youth up. It was to him the mother of love and knowledge. 'I have used in my writings,' he says, 'the Bible above all else ... because the Scriptures occur to me quickly and copiously and because the most divine truths are there set forth most lucidly and self-evidently ... I have always found in and through them satisfactory explanations for every question and consolation for my soul in all my persecutions, troubles, and sadness. I always flee for refuge to the Bible, which is my dearest friend.'"

This too is my prayer. That my Bible will be my dearest friend and closest companion throughout life, and that my heart will be aflame with a love for God that cannot be quenched.
May it be so, Lord, may it be so!

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