Psalm 25:4-5 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
Show me, teach me, lead me, save me.
We would like for that to be unconditional, easy and instantaneous; but like the promises of answered prayer or abundant blessings; the condition placed on it requires action on our part.
On You I wait all the day… TIME. SACRIFICE. DAILY.
Oh, doesn’t our flesh and the American way in us wish we could have the microwave version of Christianity. Pop it in… get it quick, hot and convenient. But like most microwave food, microwave Christianity will be:
- Poor in quality
- Inconsistently heated
- A cheap imitation of the real thing
May we all come to grips with reality: that true, enriching, consistent and long lasting Godliness can only be acquired in slow, methodical, tested, forged, sacrificial daily portions.
There is no quick, easy or convenient way to obtain Holiness (Luke 1.74). There is no new and improved version . You can’t make it just another line item on your schedule, just another task to get completed; it’s not an accomplishment that you achieve and check off; it’s not something you fix or maintenance periodically like an oil change for your car.
Our lives are filled with crisis Christianity… a roller coaster life where we ignore or humor Godliness for period of time followed by a brief intense period of getting right with God. Up and down, on and off, hot and cold… rescue us Lord!
Forget yesterday, you can’t change it. Don’t worry about tomorrow, that’s in God’s hands and today has enough troubles of its own (Matt 6.34). Start with TODAY. Determine that you will be able to go to sleep tonight delighting in ONE day, today, that you have lived for God. The God of fresh starts and new beginnings will be waiting to greet you when you wake up tomorrow morning.
On You I wait all the day… What is the meaning of wait? It means TIME. The recurring, inescapable theme of Godliness is TIME with the Lord. There is simply no substitute, hard as we may try to find one.
- It takes time every day with the Lord for Him to show you His ways.
- It takes time every day with the Lord for Him to teach you His paths.
- It takes time every day with the Lord for Him to lead you in Truth.
- It takes time every day with the Lord for Him to teach you the Truth.
On You I wait all the day… What is the meaning of day? It means DAILY. Every day. Not some days. Not chunks of days. Each day, one day at a time (Psalm 68.19).
Determine that you will not have a New Years resolution Christianity.
- This month I’m gonna pray every day!
- This year I’m gonna read my Bible every day!
- For the rest of my life I’m gonna wake up at 3 am and spend 6 hours with God! (that one is for us really impulsive guys!)
Sound familiar? And how does it always end up? In failure.
Make time for God today. Let God show you, teach you, lead you and transform you today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
Lord, let it be our mindset and lifestyle to take each day, truly one day at a time. Forgive us for our failures yesterday, give us the courage to not worry about tomorrow. Let us be single-minded each and every day, one day at a time, to cultivate consistent Godliness, slowly and methodically. Amen.
Contemplation: Is your Christian walk a daily lifestyle? Or do you find it is another thing you have to “accomplish”? Is it frustrating or fulfilling?
Application: Time with the Lord is the only answer to a consistent Christian walk. There are no quick fixes or secret forumulas. Strive for a daily time with God.
- What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
- What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
- What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?
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