I want to start a new thing on the blog. I know this is a book blog, but I’ve had a few devotional type stories that I’ve wanted to share. So, every now and then I’m going to add an extra post on Sunday. Then I’ll be back with my normal bookish content every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Mondays are the worst, am I right? But let me tell you how God can use a crappy old Monday to tell you what he needs you to know. I woke up late last Monday and that messed up my entire morning. I was getting ready to run out the door and I realized that I hadn’t fixed my lunch the night before. So, Burger King was my plan b. There’s one on my way to work and I decided that I would stop in and grab enough food to get me through the workday.
After I placed my order, I heard God say, “you’re here because you weren’t prepared.” At first, I thought He was talking about the food. And while I was at Burger King because I wasn’t prepared, I realized that He was not talking about my French toast sticks. It’s never about the French toast sticks. He was telling me that there was a weak spot in my spiritual life, and I needed to stop ignoring it.
Once I stopped staring into space, I finally paid the poor cashier (who had no idea that I had just experienced a mini existential crisis), I pondered on that thought a little longer. I usually eat relatively healthy and since I wasn’t prepared enough to plan my meal for the morning, I was stuck with greasy junk food. I knew I would feel sluggish and weighed down for the rest of the day.
Then I stepped back and looked at the big picture and I realized I could say the exact same thing about my walk with Christ. “You’re here because you weren’t prepared.” I’m in a spiritual dry spell because I’m not putting the work in. I know I need to study the Bible. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” I know that if I don’t study my Bible and fortify myself in God’s word it’s going to be easy to let junk slip in.
I wasn’t prepared so I’ve been missing the nourishment of a healthy spiritual life just like I missed the nourishment of a healthy breakfast. Yes, studying the Bible is work. Praying is work. A deep relationship with Christ, like any relationship, is work. But in the end a strong, healthy relationship with Christ will strengthen your spirit and prevent the junk of the world from weighing you down.
“You make known to me the path of life;you will fill me with joy in your presence,with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” -Psalm 16:11