I keep meaning to blog, but I’ve been so busy studying the word that keeping up with the blog keeps being relegated to the back burner. I love writing, and even when I’m not writing here, I’m usually writing elsewhere. I journal every morning and night. I email often -long emails. I take detailed bible study notes which I then type out as I verify the scriptures we looked at in class within their chapter context.
I remember this quote from watching ‘Chariots of Fire’, a movie made about Scotland’s Eric Liddell, a devout Christian famous for winning gold medals at the 1924 Paris Olympics: ‘I believe God made me for a purpose. He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.’ I understand what he is saying. I write as naturally as I breathe; it stays with me whatever the circumstances. It’s how I capture my joyful victories, and it gets through the tough times. It’s a gift from God, and he heals me through it.
In this season of my life, what I’m doing most consistently is write. Even though I only post here monthly, I haven’t put the proverbial pen down. I am still clucking away at my keyboard day after day, systematically transferring diamonds from God’s word into my heart, prayerfully asking the Holy Spirit to ingrain these precious gems and seal them in my heart so they may bear much fruit in the coming years.
Deuteronomy 17:14-20 commands the king to copy and study the word of the Lord, ‘he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left.’ Instructions to live by, halfway won’t do.
If there is a chapter that comprehensively captures the perfection of God’s statutes, Psalm 119 is that chapter. Here, we are instructed in several verses to cherish God’s word, for it is truth, life and light. A few of my favorites: Verse 11 ‘I have hidden/treasured/stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.’ Verse 105 ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.’ Verse 130 ‘The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.’ It revitalizes my heart to read that my simple mind can be made wise through the understanding of God’s word.
I tweet quite a bit. I have these one-liners that I throw on my feed as they come to mind. It’s really more of a note-to-self because nobody really reads my tweets. I don’t mind one bit. My thoughts are not fully formed for me to have something substantial to want to communicate, so I’m okay that my social platforms stay small. I have come to realise that opinions are the cheapest commodity on the market because everyone has them; and now everyone has a platform from which to express them. In a world where we’re all encouraged to speak up, I have no desire to take up space to express my own subjective opinions. What I think has no weight or bearing in light of God’s weighty and absolute truth.
The deeper I go in my Bible study, the happier I am that my father has kept me hidden, for whoever teaches incorrectly shall incur greater judgment (James 3:1). I am conscious of what we all put out there now. I pick out the ‘compromise’ in a lot of what we share out here, how much we dilute the gospel to avoid making people uncomfortable, or to widen our reach, get a larger market share, more eyes on our posts… we stay within the acceptability level to not ruffle any feathers or be thought of as judgmental…
I’ve grappled with all that, even practiced it without knowing that I was the blind leading the blind. I have had to go back and delete several of my posts from back when I was on a much wider path, mixing in New Age ‘Law of Attraction’ dog-whistles with my Christian walk -I cringe… Even a small amount of yeast can influence a whole batch of dough (Gal 5:9; 1 Cor.5:6) turning it into an entirely different type of bread, usually one that’s puffed-up with pride and error, rendering it unsuitable -a whole other gospel, powerless to transform lives.
2 Timothy 2:15 says to ‘Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’ In that regard, bear with me as my father takes me through his school of truth and love, for these two must go hand in hand if we are to constructively confront error and address heresies without alienating people, but rather, winning their hearts for God. Jude 1:23 instructs us to ‘save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.’ His word is perfect and I am learning to rightly divide it in defense of the faith that rescued me. Stay with me, the journey continues…