Today is Friday, February 15, 2019.
27 days until our next Glen Rose weekend!
“Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.”
Jules Renard, French author, 1864-1910
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The word of the day is apotheosis. It means, “the perfect form or example of something : quintessence.”
Today is the wedding day! We are so excited for our two friends, and looking forward to this wedding. I’m not nearly as nervous as before, but still a bit. I had a good practice last night, and am taking off at noon again today, so I will get one last practice session in before the event. One thing I have learned from this experience. If you play something every day for two weeks, you get pretty good at it.
What??? Practice works???
Fortunately, there isn’t much else planned for the weekend.
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.
Today I am grateful:
1. That love is in the air.
2. That baseball is also in the air.
3. That God has, at various times in my life, revealed Himself to me.
4. That He has drawn me after Him, and will continue to do so.
5. That He has placed it in my heart to follow Jesus.
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
(The Book of Common Prayer, John 8:12)
How did I do yesterday? It’s hard to answer that question, today. It seems that I walked through yesterday with a bit more positive attitude, but, again, did I go through my day with more knowledge of walking with/following Christ? I’m not sure about that. It’s hard to break the habit of simply going through the motions of the day like an automaton. Especially when you do the same thing, day in, day out. For example . . . have you ever left your house, going somewhere other than work, and absent-mindedly discovered that you are en route to your work place? That’s kind of what I mean.
(From Faith That Matters)
Today’s reading is, “God Woos Us,” by James Bryan Smith.
For your love is better than wine.
Song of Solomon 1:2
“Philosophy tries to reduce God to a first mover and science attempts to remove God entirely. But God looms quietly in the wings and allows us such silly speculation.” Frederick Buechner once compared our attempts to explain God to “a dung beetle looking at a human and trying to do humanology.”
“Whatever we are allowed to discover about God, he is more.”
I like that Smith uses the world “allowed” in that sentence. Because anything we “discover” about God, He has allowed us to see. In truth, I don’t believe we “discover” anything about God. God reveals Himself to us.
Says Smith, “When God revealed himself to me it blew my belief system to bits.” What we do discover is that our speculation about God is like straw compared to His reality. Like the lover in the Song of Solomon, we can only cry out, “Draw me after you!” “God woos us like a lover who seeks his beloved. The torrid passion sometimes felt between two human beings is a pale reflection of the burning desire God has for us. It was love, not a theory of redemption, that made the martyrs sing praise while being tortured. It was love, not a doctrine of the atonement, that kept Jesus on the cross.”
Powerful words, and, I believe, true. Our comprehension of the love that God has for us, and our subsequent love for Him is much more valuable than any doctrine we could learn and know. Doctrine is important, sure. It’s good to know what we believe and why. But it’s better to know His love.
There is a reason Rich Mullins called it, “the reckless, raging fury that they call the love of God.”
Father, help me to know that love today. Reveal Yourself to me, more and more. Just like James Bryan Smith, blow my belief systems to bits. I would rather know Your love, beyond the shadow of a doubt, than to understand all the theology in history. And then teach me to love both You and others the same way.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4
Soli Deo Gloria!