Today: Search me, O’ God!
3 Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots. (Prov 12, NLT ) emphasis added
When we hit with a storm, we can see, many trees get uprooted; many of them giant, up to 5 feet (or more) diameter! These trees had no firm, deep roots, mostly because of the soil that did not allow them to take roots.
Jesus once said a parable about a sower. The same seed, but it took different types of roots, according to the soil (Mat 13)
A good number of people in church don’t have deep, strong roots, and are easily affected by waves of different teachings and personalities, like the Galatians!
We need to take deep roots in the word; for we are built upon Christ who is the corner stone, and upon the foundation of apostles and prophets (word of God)
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Eph 2, NIV 84)-emphasis added
If we presume to be “perfect” people who don’t need a self-examination or an evaluation, if we are not teachable or cannot be corrected by someone, there is a big problem; unfortunately, that is how most of us are!
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Ps 139, NIV 84)
The other day, I was reading from a daily devotion of one of the prominent missionary. He was mentioning about his college days. He would get up at 4 or 5 in the morning, and spend an hour in praise and prayer. The next half an hour was Bible meditation, even during exam days; certain days, midnight 12-1 spent in prayer, while “chewing” a verse from his pocket testament.
Evenings: 6-7 private prayer at the woods near the campus, and the next 1 hour for campus prayer cell. After that was study, and he goes to bed reading a psalm. He finished his degrees with flying colors!
Time spend with God is no waste. If we will re-establish our prayer, praise and meditation of His word, we will see growth in all areas!
May God help you establish and grow!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for talking to me. I admit that my prayer, praise and meditation is all in a “broken” situation, and I am “paying” for it. Help me to restore them and rebuild all areas of my life. Search me O’ Lord. Amen
An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates (From “Tozer”, on leadership)