[This was actually written in my study journal on 1/13/10. Writing each post twice may not be necessary, but it allows me to really grasp and revise what I have learned from historical truth. In other words… I am an overacheiver.]
I promised a year of digging deeper. I do not really want to call it a New Year’s resolution because those are silly and always broken promises. Really, this is born out of a thirst for more from God. It sustained me for quite a while after BigStuf and with the help and encouragement of my brother in Christ, Zack, and other friends who got me through the fall. Passion 2011 in Atlanta refreshed my spirit to where it was at last summer when God awakened it like I had not felt in such a long time. Both of these times I have come to God ready to learn and attentive to His voice.
Like I said in my previous entry, “365 Abba” is my year of disciplining myself to spend 30 minutes to an hour each day with God. This is not my personal journal, but my questions, scribbles, guesses, and observations. I am no scholar, but that is my long-term goal. I am no Piper or Driscoll, but they are who I strive to be, deeply rooted in my faith. And so I have chewed this week on three verses. Yes, only three. But, my father asks me to study his word; to think on it.
RC Sproul says that we fail in our duty to study scripture not because it is dull or too hard to comprehend, but that it is work. “Or problem is that we are lazy,” he says. John Piper says that, “the point of Christian learning is to understand God’s two books – scripture and the world – and, with that understanding, to glorify God.” It is not enough that we simply attend the best churches and listen to the best podcasts. We can attend the best conferences and camps and still never know God. A.W. Tozer says in his book, The Pursuit of God, “How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by teachers.”
God asks for us to seek Him. So, maybe now more than ever, I am. My heart is eager for scripture and no pastor or band can fulfill this need. I almost want to divide this into two parts, for your sanity and make the time between this entry and the next less, but I will not dilute what I have learned from these passages. So grab some coffee or tea and let’s continue. (more…)