So, when it’s late at night and I’m talking the the Lord, and I reach for my bible to soak it up, it’s usually because I’m thirsting for God and His Word. In my notebook that I do all my scripture/study/writing/journaling/notetaking in, I always label those types of entries “Late Night Thirsty”. So I figured I’d share my cup and let you all have a gulp sometimes. 🙂
Just now as I’m writing, I am remembering the goodness of the Lord and how His Word is written for all people, and not just one demographic, such as race, ethnicity, or gender. The Gospel is for adults as it is seniors, as it is for children.
One of the characteristics of the goodness of Jesus that I have come to love over years is how practical and natural it is, and then that it is equally spiritual. For example, Jesus said this: “16 Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”(Luke 18:16-17)
We are our Father’s children. He doesn’t expect us to know everything or know how to handle every situation. When we come to Him with the faith of a child- with dependence- we will surely be blessed. Think back to your mind as a child. You were free and young because you were still learning to be a person. You operated wholly out of dependence on your caregiver. Sometimes we long for that time to return. For some, they miss the innocence, the lack of worldy knowledge. For others it’s the ignorance or naivety they yearn for.
A beauty of Jesus is that we can actually have some childlike qualities about us….. without forsaking our journey or growth in Him! We can simplify our hearts into just loving and depending on Jesus for everything. No, you don’t have to be naive. No, it doesn’t mean you have to be ignorant. Just real Jesus. Real love. Real life.
The two greatest commandments are these:
1. Love the Lord God with all your heart.
2. Love others as you would love yourself. (Matthew 22:36-40)
So I often marvel at the simplicity of some of Jesus teachings. One that is my favorite is how Jesus is not only enough, but more than what we need or want. Something we humans naturally need or want is food, nourishment.
I always crack up at how simple this following concept is:
Jesus sustains us. Here are a few verses that lists Him and his teaching, as crucial as the food that our bodies need.
1. He is our water, our thirst quencher, our breath of living water…
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
2. He is our bread, our nourisher.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
3. He is our strengthened, His word the meat that emboldens us..
12 Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature — for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.
4. DON’t FORGET THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT!! 🙂
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Praise the Lord for his delicious, truly wonderful word! What a FEAST! 😊I pray a blessed, wonderful day on you, in Jesus’ Name. 🙂