My favorite time of the day is the beginning when it’s quiet. That’s prime time with God’s word and prayer. I’m facilitating a Bible study and read through the day’s scripture (2nd Peter 1:3-11) which is all about already being equipped to be “partakers of the divine nature…*” (v4). Verse 5: “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence…*” (emphasis mine). To me this scripture says we already have in us (through Jesus) His nature and best qualities but it’s up to us to APPLY them, which indicates choosing to exhibit the things in verses 5-8. After studying these verses I could feel God prompting me to stay longer taking His word in so I did, even reading them out loud, then praying. I felt like a mighty warrior woman, ready for the day and went on with my plan.
Then it happened. A text upset my apple cart and I watched my very well-organized day go right out the window. I felt my blood pressure going up and my attitude going down. Then I remembered the scriptures I had read, studied and prayed over just a little while earlier. I saw a very distinct crossroad recognizing immediately this was a rubber meets the road moment. I could APPLY what I’d just read or I could allow frustration to dictate the rest of my day.
That sweet time with God doesn’t have to end when we close our Bibles..and it shouldn’t! All that love, provision, grace, mercy, knowledge and wisdom we glean from spending time with him is portable. HE goes with us. Here’s the rub: It’s up to US what we do with Him as we live out the rest of the hours of the day.
Just because we spend a little time in the Word doesn’t mean much if we’re not willing to APPLY it to our lives and choose to live it out. Everything we need to be a blessing and live this day being pleasing to and loving on God has been already endowed to us as Christ followers. Don’t leave Him where you left your Bible. He and all of His attributes are in us and with us, no matter what the day brings. Let’s access Him, choose to live and act to be pleasing to Him. The Bible goes on to say in verse 10 as long as we PRACTICE these things we will NEVER STUMBLE*! That sealed the deal for me, and I pray it does for you too.
*2nd Peter 1:3-11/Taken from NASB Translation.