Twenty-four hours can go by without much Jesus in my life.
How easy it is to forget Him in the hustle bustle hours of my day. I can spring out of bed, plan and execute a productive day and fall back into bed at night with little than a breeze of a thought towards Him. That’s not the norm . . . but it can happen.
When I read this verse yesterday, I was stopped in my tracks.
You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress. Isaiah 17.10a
Is this me? I confess — there are days that I have chosen productivity instead of presence. I have forgotten that when I intentionally honour His presence with praise, He lovingly enters my circumstances with power. THAT’s the way to start a day….live a day…and end a day.
I have forgotten that He is as close as the mention of His name.
Without question, the most intimate times with God have been in my most painful days. In a strange way, I miss that chaos because I had no choice but to fall at His feet, acknowledge my inadequacy and trust Him through every second of my day. I felt His powerful and comforting presence.
He HAS BEEN my Rock and my Fortress.
He IS my Rock and my Fortress.
He WILL BE my Rock and my Fortress.
I have not forgotten Him but when life is rolling along like a song, my soul does not pant for Him as a deer pants for streams of water. (Psalm 42.1) Lorne Sanny once wisely observed that, “The Lordship of Christ is one big YES and a lot of little ‘ah huhs.” If I desire my life to unabashedly speak and demonstrate that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, (John 14.6) I must make more time to worship and celebrate each day so that I can passionately hope in Him each tomorrow. But I know that passion is not utilitarian. Passion for Christ exists because Christ is magnificent, not because passion is useful.
So, this week I’m going to spend some time reflecting on who Jesus is and thanking Him for His life, death and resurrection.
I want to be passionate for Christ every day of my life.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4.8a NIV