“The Bible is either a phenomenal hoax, or the most breath-taking, awe-inspiring, mind-blowing record of Divinity through the ages ever to be written, protected, and loved!” I was startled to come across this dramatic statement in my Quiet-Time journal, and wondered what had sparked my outburst. King David was prone to similar extravagances, “Yours, [Yahweh],” he cries, “is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, [Yahweh], is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.” [1 Chronicles 29:11]. No wonder the Bible, a biography of this splendid, heart-stopping Being, is so amazing! It’s also amazing that Yahweh not only cares for we humans, but constantly encourages us to get to know Him better. It’s a bit like being welcomed to make yourself at home in Buckingham Palace…only even more startling and gracious. Do I take it seriously enough?
Yesterday as I drove through the countryside the woods were misted in a delicate green, lifting my heart, till I cried, “There, my Father, a foretaste of spring, Your season, as promised, right on time!” His magnificence and majesty are all around us, we can know Him if we so desire. “When you search for me,” He said, “you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,” [Jeremiah 29:13].
We can see Him in the majesty of nature, the magnificence of the night skies, the variety in creation; He is everywhere! From His Word we learn of His compassion and mercy, His justice and forgiveness; the passion of His emotions; the finality of His judgements. The more we read, the more He opens our eyes to see and know Him. Over a lifetime, I have discovered that seeking for Yahweh with all my heart is not so much about hours spent in prayer, days spent in fasting, conscientious reading of the Bible [although all those things have a place], but it’s about having my eyes open to see Him in the everyday, taking time to notice His goodness, learning to ponder on what I learn from His Word; it’s letting the search for Yahweh become a lifestyle!
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