Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 13, 2011
“When Moses went and told the people all the LORD’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the LORD has said we will do.” Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said.” Exodus 24:3-4a
It is a time to unleash your anger to an absorptive white page and to celebrate answered prayer. It will one day bless those who may wade through your writings. A diary deals primarily with horizontal relationships; a God journal engages with eternity. The world makes more sense when you see it from God’s perspective. And His words are more penetrating and meaningful when you filter them through your heart and mind into words on paper.
When you take the time to write out what God is saying, you see His fingerprints all over your life. It is reassuring to see Christ’s copyright on your actions and attitudes. Journaling for God reminds you that He owns everything, including you. You are His representative to a lost and dying world. Like an alert secretary, you are to listen intently to dictation from Deity. God speaks through Holy Scripture. He speaks through your body, soul, mind, and spirit; He speaks through people, both friend and foe; He speaks through money or the lack thereof; He speaks through circumstances and in quiet prayer.
So, slow down, listen, and pen the heart of God. His words do not wander far away when you write them down. You are reminded of right when you choose to write. Therefore, find a quiet corner with a hot cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Open the best-selling book of all time and meditate on God’s timeless truth. Ask Him to apply His wisdom to your mind and heart.
With pen and paper (or computer keyboard) in hand, write out what the Lord is saying to you. Write your letter from God and your letter to God. It may be one sentence, a paragraph, or a page. The length doesn’t matter. What matters is capturing your meditative moments, so you can decode Christ’s heart for you. You can release your struggles and anxieties to your loving heavenly Father and think through His will and plan for your life.
Your God journal is evidence of His love and faithfulness. It builds a foolproof faith. It is not the style or flow that matters to your Father in heaven. Your words may be misspelled and your sentences fragmented. That’s okay. God can take broken phrases and heal a fractured faith. You write about what’s important to you. Your goal is not journalistic excellence. Your goal is to align your heart with His. A God journal facilitates this outstanding outcome by faith. Journaling is therapy and trust. Writing helps you and others remember God’s faithfulness. The Bible says, “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it…’”(Exodus 17:14a).
Taken from the August 13th reading in the 365-day devotional book, Seeking Daily the Heart of God.
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