Oh, those first days of dating my husband! Long conversations, frequent conversations, “I can’t wait to talk to you again”, not wanting to be the one to say goodbye and hang up the phone, spending time and money on phone calls, talking about anything and everything!
I.Just.Couldn’t. Get. Enough.
I think back to what I know about Chris now compared to what I knew about him then. What a difference! And to think that I still can be learning for years and years to come! But the friendship we have now is because I’ve put in the time. I’ve listened and watched. I’ve made many mistakes and learned from some of them, and some, unfortunately, I still make. I still eagerly look forward to notes and calls and texts from him. Because I know that good, solid relationships take time. And I’m willing to put in that time. Every morning, I wake up committed to talking to and listening to my husband that day.
More important, though, is the relationship that I am committed to developing with God. It is the same as my friendship with my husband. The more time I put into it, the deeper and stronger it will become.
One of the ways we invest in our relationship with God is the time we spend reading His Words (the Bible). I think that for many people, studying the Bible is “too hard” or “too boring” or “takes too much time” or “too over my head”. And so, because studying Scripture might involve effort, patience, discipline, and dependence on the Holy Spirit, we are often quick to dismiss reading the Word in favor of reaching for a devotional or any other book that might talk about God, but is still not the Word OF God. I don’t think there is anything wrong with a solid devotional or any tool that we can use to study God’s Word. As long as we aren’t reading that INSTEAD of the Bible. It reminds me of a young girl who doesn’t talk TO the boy she likes, but passes messages THROUGH another person. Is that really a relationship? Why would I not just talk directly to Him and let Him talk directly to me?
We live in a culture that looks for ways to avoid exercising patience. Speedy Internet, Freaky Fast subs, fast food restaurants, even movies and shows that resolve the story line in 30 minutes or 2 hours. Getting to know God in the little bit of His story that He has laid out for us in the Scriptures will never happen that fast. It takes time and patience. In Isaiah 28:10, we are told that knowledge comes “precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little.” For starters, we will never know all there is to know about God. And He is the one who tells us that it’s okay that we don’t understand everything all at once. That as we put in the time with Him and seek to become more like Him, our relationship will become deeper and stronger. But we should have a yearning to learn more and more about Him. “As the deer pants for water, so my soul longs for You, O God.” Psalms 42:1
I want to be ever-increasing in my desire to spend time with Him. To anticipate hearing from Him. To look forward to spending hours with Him. To spend my time and money on showing Him I love Him. Little by little, to be learning something new about Him every day. He is most definitely worth it. He is my forever.
“God, you’re my God! I can’t get enough of You!” Psalm 63:1 (The Message)