Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Hunger in the New Year

Hungering for His ways again.

I'm remembering 1977. Recently graduated. Working a summer job while waiting for real employment (chuckle, chuckle...) On the 6:00am-2:00pm shift. Home every afternoon to an empty, quiet home. Lots of time for seeking God, reading His word, praying and worshiping. A wonderful season of hunger. I was young, eager, energetic (in case you didn't know) and ready to find Him in every way possible. How I loved these scriptures!
Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. Psalm 25.4,5 NKJ

Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2.3 NKJ

What a wonder, that a Holy God would teach me, a sinner, His ways! I was amazed, humbled, thrilled, and awestruck. How thoroughly grateful I was to learn something other than sin, and to find grace and strength to walk in it! All because of His gift to us -- freely bestowed, ours for the asking! What a wonder!

Today, thirty-three years later, I stand amazed at the Gospel. He has walked with me. Words fail to describe His great goodness and faithfulness. Yet the New Year found me a bit floundering, a bit weary and tired.

Last night, I was brought once again to Psalm 25. "Teach me Your ways." I want to know His ways. And then a reminder.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55.8,9 NKV
I remembered how different His ways are from mine, how exciting it is to learn them, how such faith-ventures are fulfilling and challenging. He restored hope, vision, desire, and hunger. Oh, how wonderful is time in His presence! How steadfast is His love and faithfulness!

His gift to me this New Year's? Renewed hunger for His Holy ways in my life.

How I love Him.


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