No matter where you are, the fellowship of a Bible Study is wonderful and there is always something to learn from God.
That is the point of my email today, as a matter of fact. Don’t ever let where you are in your ability to study the Bible or your Bible knowledge keep you for meeting together or opening your Bible.
I love that Marian and the Women’s Ministry at Mission City Church called this Summer reading plan “Come to the Table”. That is just what it is. God has put a banquet in front of us of His glorious knowledge, wisdom and presence. It may seem overwhelming at first, but that’s just because it is more sustenance than we have seen in a while in this dusty desert of a world we live in.
My life kind of revolves around food right now, so this is an easy metaphor for me.
My littlest has to have a certain amount of certain foods every day or his body will revolt on him and we’ll be right back where we started. It can be frustrating for both him and us and, more often than not, our dinner table is less joy and more begging and fighting. But, something he has said over and over lately makes me think about how we accept the feast that God offers with His Word:
He says “It’s too much!”
At first I thought he meant too much on his fork or something like that, but then he used the phrase anytime he was frustrated or overwhelmed by anything.
That’s when I got it.
It’s too much = I’m overwhelmed, help me.
And as parents, we do help him. He is able to take in the great amount that he needs when we help him take it in at a pace that fits him.
God does that with us.
The list of Bible verses in front of you may look overwhelming. Tell God, “It’s too much”. He will be faithful to help you see it in portions and at a pace that you can handle.
Some of us, on some days, are ready for deep examination and many, many commentaries and cross references and on other days it’s all you can do to open and read the first passage.
Some of us are only ready to take a verse at a time.
But all of us will be filled by God with exactly what we need to live this life and walk with Him.
Don’t get overwhelmed and step away from the table, please.
When it feels like too much, remember God is there to help you as a loving Father. He understands your need and your limitation.
One of my favorite passages from the Bible for when I feel like God wants more than I can give is this:
Hebrews 14-16 “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
God Bless you all this week,