Faith and Discipline
Confession time! I didn’t want to read my Bible today! My to-do list was calling my name. My mind kept wandering off to an article I wanted to write. I have a serious deadline I need to meet . . . and I wanted to get to my projects.
But then I was reminded . . . our faith is a spiritual discipline. That means I don’t rely on how I “feel” to determine what I will do! And even though there will be times when I don’t want to sit quietly and meet God in His Word and pray . . . it doesn’t matter. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I do what is best for the development of my faith and what the Lord wants for me.
So often, especially these days in our culture, we rely on our “feelings” to lead and direct our live. But feelings can be flawed. They can be wrong. And they can even be counterfeit (there are so many thing that might feel good in the natural that are so wrong for us as followers of Jesus). So feelings are not our guide.
God has given us an instruction book . . . a user’s manual for a life of faith and obedience. His Word is our guide and it never fails and will never steer us wrong. Over and over again, our Lord calls us to be in His Word each day. For example, Joshua 1:8 tells us, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
There are so many times when we need to just do the right thing (a.k.a. “righteous” or right way of living for God), even when we don’t want to. There are times when I feel fear coming on . . . and because Jesus says, “Fear not, only believe,” I change from fear to trust. There are times when I feel perturbed with people, and I hear that still small voice saying, “Make love your aim.” So I back off and choose love and patience.
Believe me, I don’t always make the right choice. But it’s my intention and the more often I choose the ways of the Lord . . . the more consistent I become.
So, even though there were so many other things I wanted to do this morning rather than take the time to study God’s word and pray . . . I did. I followed the discipline and was able to drink from God’s Living Waters and be refreshed. And now I am thankful, better equipped and spiritually nourished for what lies ahead for this day