The very first verses of our Psalms passage jumped out at me today....
Forever, O Lord, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
What beautiful words for an amazing truth. God's Word is so powerful it created the universe and continues to sustain it to this day. Truly every breath we take is by His grace and power alone.
The verses immediately following as well.....
If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
The Word of God speaks for itself and it is indeed mighty to save.
And, of course, this very well known verse 105....
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
When searching out God's will for our lives, a lot of it can be determined simply by reading His Word and allowing it to guide us. If we have done that, we should feel free to follow where our desires are leading us - because they are grounded in His Word. I don't think God micro manages us. There are, of course, times where it is clear He is closing doors and opening windows, times when He does not give us peace about something even though all is biblically sound because He has something else for us, but other times we are simply to free to follow our desires - because when we are living biblically He is the One who has planted those desires within us.
The beginning portion of our NT passage hit me as well....
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, 3 if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. 4 For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
It reminded me of a great quote I read in a work of fiction recently. In the book, a woman named Savannah asks Aidan why he considers the cottage on his property a haven and he says that it is "a haven from everything in the world that is not this". And Savannah replies "But if everything in the world were such as this, where would the longing for heaven be?"
Where would the longing for heaven be? Indeed, living in this fallen world ensures that we long and groan for His eternal presence.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.It can sometimes be difficult for those of us who have grown up in Christian homes, and cannot even remember a time when we were not followers of Jesus, to see the difference between the old and new creation. This is, of course, a blessing. But if we're needing something by which to measure ourselves, to test ourselves for genuine fruit, and we cannot really compare it to our old self, there is a simple comparison to make - are we any different that society around us. The majority of those around us are not believers. They are that old creation. And if we are the new creation we should be different. If we are not, then it is time for some serious self-reflection.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 120-122; 2 Corinthians 6