Indestructible Life

As I sit here on a dark, chilly, fall morning as a gray sky lightens slowly to usher in a new day, I am thankful. My fire crackles and warms a cold farm house. My three little boys are very noisily having a lightsaber battle in the next room (only because I sent them there), the rest of the kids are warm and snuggled in bed still, and I am well fed.

Not that I’ve had breakfast yet, mind you. But I am well fed. I carved out time for God’s Word as I try to each morning. And it is good!

God’s Word is a treasure trove for a weary soul. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Bible is like a comforting feast. If you are aware at all of anything going on in this world, you probably feel anxious and afraid at times. There are wars and rumors of wars, drought, division, discontentment, and outright hatred. There are natural disasters causing destruction, politicians desiring more and more control over our lives, and unrest everywhere you turn. It’s enough to make me want to crawl under the covers and not get up!

But God! I love that phrase! There’s a great song by Mercy Me that says, “and like a hero who takes the stage when we’re on the edge of our seats saying it’s too late”. That’s our great God! He is that hero who’s timing is perfect.

For now, we wait. We watch the demise of the world in sadness, but at the same time we hope. We know who is victorious! We know who remains on the throne no matter what!

And guess what? In the meantime, he gives us everything we need! Are you reading His Word? Are you in it daily? I can tell you, it makes such a difference for your day, for your heart, for your mind. I see so many who are discontent, always complaining about what they have. I hear so much negative come from believer’s mouths. I see the discouragement in many faces. We can rise above it all and have hope and joy and fun, but we need help.

And God’s Word is exactly the help we need. Today I read Hebrews 7:11-28 and I encourage you to go read it and really sit with it. Realize what a great gift God has given us in Jesus, our perfect high priest. Something that stuck out to me and I want to encourage you with is this: verse 16. “One who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.”

Think on that for a moment. An indestructible life! Do you realize the power there? Jesus is indestructible. And if you love him and have his Holy Spirit, you have that very indestructible life! What a comfort and joy! Nothing on earth can take your life! Nothing! It’s indestructible. I don’t know about you, but that helps me rise above all that’s happening and have peace. It gives me a deep joy in my soul and gives me the motivation to keep on running the race God has set before me.

I hope and pray you have the Lord’s peace and comfort today. I hope and pray you are in God’s Word today and every day. It does make a difference. It’s the one thing that will make a good difference in your life! It helps us be thankful in the midst of trouble and gives us a better perspective than what the world gives. It is indestructible.

Your Bestie’s Voice

And when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with the Lord , he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim; and it spoke to him.
Numbers 7:89 ESV

This week I read Numbers chapter 7. This verse stood out to me. If you know anything about Moses, you know at this point in the story he’s spent some time with the Lord. He spent 40 days on Mount Sinai listening to the Lord and receiving the commandments. He’s heard the voice of the Lord numerous times as he’s led the Israelites.

Do you remember way back when before caller ID on phones? Remember how you’d pick up the phone when it rang and have no idea who was going to be on the other line? Could be a friend, your grandma, or a telemarketer? And you wouldn’t know until they said hello.

Did we all have the cream colored one??

But, when it was your bestie calling, you knew her voice immediately, right?! She never had to say, “this is ____”. You just knew and she just knew.

Why did you know her voice without caller ID? Because you spent time with her. Probably a lot of time!

Why did Moses know God’s voice? Because he spent time with Him. A lot of time.

Do you know God’s voice? Would you recognize it in an instant? If not, why not?

There’s this trend in today’s western Christianity that I think is actually harmful to our walk with God. There’s this idea, and I’ve heard it in more than one place, that says, everyone’s busy. No one has extra time, so if all you do is read the verse of the day you’re good to go. Or maybe if you have a bit of time, then just spend five minutes in your Bible.

Now, I think the original intent behind this idea was to not lay a guilt trip on people who weren’t spending time in the Word and to encourage them to do so. I get it. But it still isn’t healthy for our relationship with God.

Ask yourself this: have you ever spent 30 seconds to 5 minutes with someone and felt like you really knew them? Knew their heart, knew their desires, knew their passion and sorrow, their joy and heartaches? I think I can say pretty confidently that none of us has.

Why? Because relationships take time, effort, and intention. We have to choose to spend time with someone to really get to known them.

I’ve been asking myself lately, what kind of relationship do I have with God and what kind do I want? I already know He desires a close and personal relationship with me. And I know I want a close relationship than what I have. And that’s on me! He’s waiting.

So how do we get there? How do we get to know the great God better?

We have to spend the time. And we can’t just read the verse of the day and expect great results. So, I challenge you, and I’m challenging myself as well, to get into the Word and really spend time there. That is the number one place to hear God.

We have to put in the effort. My challenge to myself is to get up early each morning, sit on my porch while it’s beautiful out, make the coffee early, and open my Bible and pray.

We also have to be intentional. Anyone can read the Bible. I just met someone who told me they read the whole Bible with the sole intention of picking it apart and contradicting it. What’s your intention? I ask God before I start reading to speak to me through his word, to show me more of who he is and to reveal to me more of who I am.

I don’t know about you, but I sure want to recognize the Lord’s voice as quickly as I recognize my bestie’s! The only way to get there, is to put in the time, effort, and intention. We can have a relationship with God just like Moses did!