AMH Series // His Word is Written Across My Heart
Do you have a favorite Bible verse? It seems like these “Life Verses” just pop up right in our time of need. The Bible talks about how scripture is alive and continues to speak to us today. In Hebrews 4:12 it says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” There are definitely times when we feel that cutting force of God’s Word as He breathes life through the scriptures we are reading and reaches us right when we need it most.
MY LIFE VERSE
One of those life verses for me is Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” In a time of instability and when the world feels like a roller coaster, I love the consistency of God’s character.
A WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND
Recently my family has gone through one of those roller coaster life events. In just over a year’s time my family went from a three dog house to a one dog house. I said goodbye to my little friend first, a loyal companion since middle school. Whenever I was in the restroom I would see little tufts of hair appear under the door as he patiently waited for me to come out. When I would get home from a long trip, he would scream and whine in the most obnoxious voice until I put all my stuff down and picked him up. My constant shadow, lap warmer, and snuggle buddy. After having such a consistent friend for so many years, it left such a hole when he left.
Our second furry friend had been with us for over 16 years. When she was younger, my sister had prayed over her asking God to bless her with a long life. And in return, she extended a blessing to us. Loving to be with her family and looking out for all of us.
ARE WE CONSISTENT IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
In the midst of these changes in my life, God’s never changing character brought such comfort. God is consistent in our lives, but we aren’t always consistent in investing time into our relationship with Him.
It brings to mind several lines from the classic hymn, Come Thou Fount.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it.
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it.
Seal it for Thy courts above.
We are the ones who leave and fall away, not our ever steadfast God.
I was recently working with my dad on our hobby farm putting up gates for our new animal fence. We are hoping to add some sheep and potentially pigs next spring. Sheep are animal the Bible consistently compares God’s people too, and Christ is often referred to as our Good Shepherd.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (Psalm 100:3)
Now sheep aren’t known to be the most intelligent animals. As I mentioned earlier, sheep need a pasture and gates and someone to look after them. But even when one wanders, our loving Savior will leave the 99 behind to find that one lost sheep and bring it home (Luke 15:2-7). What a beautiful picture of God’s consistent love for His people. Even when we leave Him, He will not give up on pursuing us.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)
When everything around us can feel like it’s pulling us in different directions, God’s foundation is solid when we fall to our knees and trust in Him. Maybe our need for consistency is a sign of the consistent time we should be spending in the presence of God, the One who will never change.