Psalm 37: 3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
This year, I’m the beneficiary of a wonderful ministry called BSF (Bible Study Fellowship International). It is an indepth study of one book of the Bible per year. Women, children and men meet in separate locations or areas of a church to study the Bible. This year the book is Acts.
It is a commitment, which most of us these days shy away from. But the reward is spectacular. There is daily homework which also may sound less than appealing in our already over scheduled lives.
We ladies meet together to sing some hymns and hear announcements, then go to an intimate group to discuss what we learned the week before and share our answers to that week’s lesson. It is a time to be real, vulnerable, admit our shortcomings, and challenge ourselves and one another in the faith.
After the small group meeting, we join the large group to hear a lecture from our leader where she applies the scripture in a practical way to our lives today. (I encourage you to check them out to see if this is something that might be right for you this year, or next. http://www.bsfinternational.org/)
Just like church on Sundays, it’s hard to get there sometimes, but I’m blessed beyond measure and never sorry to have given the sacrifice of my time.
We say we are too busy to read the Bible, but that’s Satan’s lie. What exactly in this life are we busy with? School that will get us a better job (ie more money?), working too many hours, (to get more money?), our children’s sports teams, (that will teach them teamwork or prepare them for what we hope might lead to a college scholarship one day, (which will lead to a better job and more money?).
The love of money is the root of all evil. And if we’re being honest, it is the pursuit of this that takes up so much of our day. God says if you put Him first, He will direct your paths and give you the desires of your heart, but the tail is usually wagging the dog.
We are spending so much time trying to give ourselves the desires of our heart that we have no time for Him. This will never work for those called to God. What He says, is always true.
Do you believe that if you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart? Do you truly believe that if you acknowledge Him in all ways He will direct your path?
Do you believe that what the Bible says is really true? The proof is in the pudding. If we’re spending more time in the pursuit of happiness, then in the pursuit of God, the good life will always be just out of reach.
Challenge yourself today to tithe more than just your money. Give God some time to speak to you each day through His word and see the difference it makes in your life.
Matthew 6:30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.