Hearing God is not difficult, but it is life-changing. Hence, most people shy away from listening.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
It’s not “the Bible” that is important; it’s God’s words in the Bible that are all-important. Our base for reading the Bible should be:
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword [a scalpel], piercing to the division of soul and of spirit [He knows us], of joints and of marrow [everything about us], and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart [the true us].
Yet, He loves us! He’s crazy about us! He wants us to spend all of our moments with Him in sweet fellowship! WOW! Try getting your arms around this truth!
As we learn more and more [mainly by reading and listening] about ourselves (how debased we are by our sinful nature) and learn more and more about Him (His crazy-love for us), we stand in awe of Him. When we gather to worship each week, our conversation with each other should be all about our walk with Christ and what He has shown us in His Word, in our lives, and in this world.
In case we are still fighting that “I need to please Him” (Old Covenant) urge, here is a case-in-point of why Jesus came: My mother and father left their home in Durant, Oklahoma (they grew up around there), to come and live with Robin and me (7 years ago). They left their home, their friends, and their life to come to Oklahoma City and start over (we built onto the back of our house). After about two years, I asked Dad why they had left their life in Durant to move in with us. He looked at me with a piercing look and replied, “I got tired of not seeing you.”
Jesus came because He “got tired of not seeing us.” He WANTS to walk with us every moment of every day. He came in order to be able to live in us. He dealt with sin so that we wouldn’t have to! HE is the One who is transforming us into His likeness. HE is the One who has made us blameless before the Father and presents us to Him with great joy (Jude 24).
Let’s worship Him in our respective places today with exceeding joy in our hearts and songs of gratitude on our lips.