Christmas - Love - Day 26
Dear God, thank you for the gift of your holy word. It is useful for teaching, correcting, and training me in your righteous ways. Thank you for sending your son as word incarnate to display your love for us. Amen.
Read: Psalm 119:105-106, NIV
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.”
When I was in high school, I compiled an English Honors thesis around the emotion of love. At the end, my teacher assessed my effort and told me he felt like "love" wasn't the right topic because it isn't really an emotion at all. In my limited life experience and understanding of the world, I was rather offended by his judgment. "Of course love is an emotion! It's something you feel!" declared my passionate teenage self. It turns out he was exceptionally right and this is something I've continued to learn as I've grown. Love CAN be felt but, at its core, love is a deliberate action. God's love is transformative and it compels us to actively follow his word. The Psalm in today's scripture is the longest chapter in the Bible and all 176 verses are about delighting in following God's laws. The author was clearly passionate about loving God through obedience, at one point exclaiming, "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long." Loving God means loving his word and pursuing it at all times.
A non-negotiable in an active relationship with God is studying and applying his word. That being said, the Bible can be overwhelming, especially if you are short on time. Take a few minutes today to commit to be in scripture daily. For some people this will mean spending 5 minutes with Pathway's daily devotionals and that is great! If you have more time to give, consider finding a group Bible study through the church to grow your knowledge. If you are in the car a lot, find a scripture based podcast to listen to as you commute. God's word is expansive and exciting and we are blessed to have many ways to absorb it.
Lord, place in me a love of obedience to your scripture. Help me to create space to study your word and apply it to my life so that I can use my gifts alongside others to build your kingdom. In Jesus' name, amen.