Thursday, January 23, 2014

Our Soundtrack



Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV)
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

My last words to you posed a somewhat rhetorical question:  How do we learn to rely on God’s wisdom and not our own?

Scripture.  Scripture.  Scripture.

We draw closer to the heart of God by getting to know Him through His Word (and prayer).  God reveals Himself to us in the Bible.  Jesus is the very image of God.  To gain wisdom, we must have His words on the tip of our tongue and at the forefront of our thoughts.

This was my own, matter-of-fact answer.  But God had more to say about that so it is no coincidence that I came across #TheJesusProject by Ann Voscamp yesterday.  She writes beautiful words about storing Romans 8 in her heart:

Memorizing His words, turning them over in our minds, in our mess, like raw-cut, unearthed diamonds, this is what rotated us…. It is only the turning the lines of Scripture that turn me around. Nothing else has the sheer strength to do that.
Every line of God’s Word is like an axle — turning the soul around, moving the soul forward. Getting me there. Without it, my life has no forward motion — I just ram hopelessly about in the same ruts.
For a year, I worked at not letting time or tasks get in the way of letting the axle turn…
Come summer, Romans 8 was a soundtrack playing loud and steady and sure in my head: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…”
To-do lists could yell at me at the end of the day. Emails lingered, piled unopened. Resolutions splayed neglected. But what the heart knows by heart can heal and hold the heart, and His Word would come again like the lullaby of a strong, rhythmic heartbeat to me laying there wide awake… would come pull me close to thrum of the very heartbeat of God: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…
To stay on track, every heart needs to know a soundtrack by heart.
Laying a life up against the chest of His Word, and hearing the steady beat of His heart, is the only soundtrack that strengthens the human heart.

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