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Those who love God’s name will dwell in it

Sleeping, Bible, LoveHow do you dwell in a name? How do you stay there when it is uncomfortable, oppressive, against your own will? How do you stay inside something that you cannot see? 

What keeps you coming back for more? This name that may or may not have been revealed to you. This place that draws you in. You may not know the name, but He knows yours. Could you love and be attracted to a God that you do not know and you cannot see?

For all the reasons to read the bible, there is one for me above all the others, because He lives there.  We may not understand or see clearly or know exactly what is going on, but we will definitely not know anything if we don’t read at all…

People want answers from God. They want signs. Their bibles sit with dust in their homes or maybe they don’t have a bible at all, those are for the weird folks. You want God to walk into your house and give you an answer. You want him to hold you. You want Him to comfort you and tell you everything will be ok…But don’t dare open a bible. That thing is outdated, inapplicable and wholly unreadable. You have errands to do. Doesn’t God know how busy you are? How many children you have? What demands your job brings you? How could He ever expect that you would be seen purchasing one of those old books let alone reading it!

Which reminds me of the story of Naaman. ..

Naaman was the commander of Syria’s army and suffered from leprosy. He had an Israelite servant girl who suggested he go to the prophet Elisha to be healed. So Naaman goes to Israel to seek out Elisha. When he gets there, Elisha does not come out himself but sends a message to go wash in the Jordan river seven times in order to be healed. Naaman is in disbelief that this is the answer and rattles off what He thinks Elisha should have said and done. After his servants ask him to reconsider Elisha’s advice, he decides to wash himself in the Jordan river seven times as Elisha had instructed him. He was completely healed. And he then acknowledged the God of Israel as the true God.

I tell you this story from 2 Kings because it’ ridiculous. It sounds ridiculous. The instructions given by Elisha, a prophet of God are too simple, and sound ridiculous. Naaman couldn’t believe that this is all that it took. And at the end of the day, he knew he had no other option. And the outcome was an outcome glorified in the Lord, in His name.

But I wouldn’t have known that or got that message had I not been familiar with the story. Had I not accepted the ridiculous proposition that a 2,000 year old book had any kind of answers in it. That I was not excluded as a Jewish person from the promises of Christ, but rather He came for me FIRST. That there would be days of direct answers to prayers in the most ludicrous of ways through the words of those pages. That the words somehow would transform themselves to speak to me; that they had breadth and depth, even on the days I did not understand them. That my medication would be found in this book, that the book knew the correct dosage, that all I had to do was ask for Him to dispense it. Ludicrous…

“My written Word is your daily fortification to guide the decisions of your heart.” From the devotional “Talk to me Jesus” by Marie Chapian

 

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12 thoughts on “Those who love God’s name will dwell in it

  1. Reblogged this on The Latin Community and commented:
    More beautiful insight from Melissa on what we need to do to build our faith and our trust in God. She writes, “People want answers from God. They want signs. Their bibles sit with dust in their homes or maybe they don’t have a bible at all, those are for the weird folks. ”

    Let us turn to the pages of the Gospel, it will remind us to have mercy for all people, it will gives us strength for the trials for our lives. It will give us perseverance in a world that is against those who follow the name of Christ.”

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      1. I’ve been looking for answers in the Gospels myself. It’s interesting, it may be confusing, but sometimes the questions I need answered isn’t the one that God provides when I read scripture.

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  2. Sometimes, even before I ask the questions, the answers are there. I am continually amazed at this booked some call “the living Word of God.” I will paraphrase for you something I read this morning in “Surprised by Scripture” by N.T. Wright. He said that each new generation must grapple with their own biblical questions, search through biblical history, and find anew their own biblical answers, for if they take traditional interpretation from the previous generation, they will not experience the life in the Bible that’s meant for them.
    I thought that was a beautiful statement, and said much about each son and daughter’s relationship with God and His Word.

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      1. He’s phenomenal. If you haven’t read anything by him, I recommend Simply Christian. And you can hear many of his lectures on the Veritas Forum. (I have a link to it on my Resources page on CSF).

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