There’s a reason new believers are encouraged to read Scripture, pray, and participate in the life of a church. That’s how they learn about this new faith they’ve adopted and learn how to listen for God’s voice. I think that’s also the time when their hearts are most open to change which makes it a good time to fuel their excitement.
But, God wants us to keep our hearts open to change and growth all of the time which is what I’ve been learning in my Bible study. Our hearts can grow static when we get to a point where we think we know it all or where life has beaten us down so badly that we’re unable or have no desire to listen to what God is trying to tell us. I’ve had all of those feelings recently, and it was challenging to pick up my Bible or talk to God.
Through all this though, I’ve done my best to keep an open heart and what I was hearing in my heart was the same. ‘Keep reading, keep studying, keep praying. You don’t know where I’m taking you, but I do.’ So, the discipline of opening my Bible every morning and writing in my journal continued. As we all know, the Bible is the Word of God and is where we learn His truth. It can change our hearts if we let it, and I can sense the changes happening in me.
A truth was brought home to me earlier, and I think God put me in that place so I would hear it. I’ve always thought I needed to be willing to do things for God, and yes, I do. But, what I’ve not considered is that God wants to work through the person that I am. The person who is an introvert. The person who is a watcher and a noticer. The person who takes a little longer to enter a situation. The person who writes her heart out so that others can know how much God loves us. All of this is life liberating for me. God created ME to share His love even though I’m not a person who people flock around. I’m valuable to God just the way I am.
This doesn’t mean I don’t ever want to grow and change. That IS the point of this post. It just means that God wired me to be a certain type of person, and that person is the person God wants to work through to share His love with a world who needs it desperately.
Praying for God’s blessings for you all today!