It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I may learn Thy statutes. The law of Thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver. Psalm 119:71-71
I am doing a weekly Bible study on Psalm 119 with some beautiful friends. Verse after verse speaks truth as we listen and learn from the speaker (Matt Chandler) and discuss it all together.
I am reading the same Scriptures at home to absorb as much as I can. The Bible has so much meaning and it soaks where it flows in so many ways!
This morning, I wrote a verse my heart stopped to look at more closely. Psalm 119:27:
Make me understand the way of Thy precepts, so I will meditate on Thy wonders.
Writing this in my prayer journal, my eyes were opened and my heart reminded at all God has done for me. He guided me to read His Word and that Word rescued me from the world. Without His graceful teachings to run back to when I ran away and to run into after fleeing away from… who and where I would be isn’t a picture I’d want to see.
Something we learned last night, as a few women listened to teachings inspired by God Himself… was how vital it is that we run to God and His help and not away.
I used to think I would read my Bible, go to church, connect with others walking out a life with Jesus, when I got it together. When I quit falling as much as I was failing, then I would look up.
If I had stayed in that mindset, I would have been in a ditch of doubt and destruction or flung over a cliff with no hope to be found. God calls us to Himself just as we are. He sees more of the landscape of our souls than we do. He knew before we were created what things we would do, see and how far we would run. He knew we would become fearful and lose our trust in His outstretched hand as sin raged the world He created. He knew we would get in such a panic that we would wound the Son He sent to save us.
He knew and He knows and He still sees what we cannot see. He sees the souls He created and the plans He had and still has for us. He does not leave us when we leave Him and He is there waiting when, in exhaustion … we stop, turn around and fall into His arms.
Do not let anything keep you from the peace He has heaven ready to open and pour into your life. You were created for more than what this world will take you.
I have told of my ways, and Thou hast answered me; Teach me Thy statutes.
I shall run the way of Thy commandments, For Thou wilt enlarge my heart.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Thou Word has revived me.
Psalm 119:26, 32, 50