About a week ago, I posted a fun little puzzle about finding 30 books of the Bible. If you saw the post did you try and locate them? If so were you able to locate all of them? It was fun trying to find them all. Between my husband and myself we were able to locate all thirty books. The last one being just minutes before he left for the Men’s breakfast where they would be finding out how well the men did with locating the books in the puzzle. Not all of the men were able to find all of the books in the puzzle.
Now, some of the books of the Bible were easy to locate in the puzzle. Others not so easy. As you read the puzzle it gave you instructions along the way as to how you could find the hidden in plain sight books. It took a little bit of work to locate them all and finding that last one left me with a satisfying feeling of accomplishment.
As I thought about how only a small handful actually located all 30 books, the thing that hit me was TIME. It takes time to finish a puzzle. Whether its the kind you put together or one that is on paper, you have to invest time in it in order to complete it.
“Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes.”Psalm 119:135
Just as it took time to find the 30 books of the Bible in the puzzle, it takes time for us to nurture our relationship with the Lord. Time spent studying God’s Word, time in prayer, time in fellowship. Teach me Your statutes. Something I need to work on is spending more time in His presence. That means reading my Bible, marking it up more, underlining things I want to know more about and researching the passages of my Bible. I also need to spend more time in prayer. Yep that’s right. The two most important ways of communicating with the Father, prayer and reading the Word. If I’m going to write about spending time in prayer and the Word, then I need to be more consistent with following through with it myself. Don’t get me wrong, I pray daily for family and friends but am I spending quality one on one time with the Lord? One thing that the enemy is good at stealing from us is time. It’s a simple yet powerful item that once he gains control of it, it isn’t easy to take back the control. But with perseverance, trusting in the Lord and getting in His presence, it is possible.
“as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”1 Peter 2:2,3
Do you desire the pure milk of the word so you can grow? Or have you become stuck and unable to move forward? Your enemy will use whatever he can sink his fingers in that he can use against you to distract you. It’s time to press in, push forward, grab hold of Jesus’s coattails and not let go.