I’m still plugging away at my One Year Bible reading, and every day I read with my one word in mind…
I read with the expectation that I will hear from God, and that I will learn; that He will show up and change my life from the inside out.
I don’t have some sort of revelation on a daily basis. I’m sure some folks do when they read the Bible, but what tends to happen for me is a bit different. As I read, I find certain things will stick out and stay on my mind. I’ll think about them for days. Also, certain verses stand out and I end up looking back at them over and over. That’s what happened with the passage I want to share today…
When I read this passage last week, I found myself drawn to the words, “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”
Come and listen, all you who fear God,
and I will tell you what he did for me.
For I cried out to him for help,
praising him as I spoke.
If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
But God did listen!
He paid attention to my prayer.
Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
or withdraw his unfailing love from me.
I just kept thinking about that over and over.
It’s not that I have some great sin that I’ve hidden, but I think that on a daily basis as humans we mess up. And if we aren’t in prayer daily, confessing those mess ups (sins) to the Lord, how can we expect Him to act in our lives?
He wants to hear from us.
When we cry out to Him, both praising Him and seeking guidance, He hears.
When we confess any wrong doing, He acknowledges that. And it shows our faith and trust in Him.
When we show our faith and trust, He listens… pays attention… and acts in our lives.
That doesn’t mean we get everything we pray for, but it does mean that we don’t get ignored. God is with us, guiding us through our lives, and helping us in ways we often can’t even imagine.
And I think that the Lord has really been speaking to me about coming to Him more. He wants me to spend more time in prayer…. more time seeking Him.
When I’m honest with Him, He listens.
It’s funny… I have my expectations of Him, but He also has expectations of me.
Isn’t spiritual growth amazing?!