Through the Word in 2020 / Feb. 12

We are reading the Bible through together this year, using the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan published by the Navigators. You can download it free of charge from:
Today’s 4 readings are: Matthew 15:1-20; Acts 21:1-26; Psalm 35, Exodus 32-33. 
​Make no mistake, seeking the Lord always requires some sort of “going out.” Of stepping aside from the ordinary in time, thought, and yes, at times even place.

It is true that God is with us everywhere. It is true that God is not found in a specific location. And yet, seeking God takes us beyond the mundane. You may live with your spouse or children, but you know full well that such day-to-day living is not the same as closeness and intimacy. For these, one must go out – step aside from the norm.

So let me ask, do you ever go out from your normal routine to seek God? Is there time set aside for just that? Is there effort made to be with His people for the purpose of seeking Him in worship and to hear His Word preached? Is there time for more than just passing chit-chat with God so that prayer is a true meeting, face to face?

As our text notes, everyone who sought the Lord, took time to break off from the norm – to go outside “the camp”, the ​regular​, the routine? And it is so even today.

He is there. But you need to step aside in seeking Him. Or you will not know Him. Know His ways. Know His heart. Know the reality of another of today’s texts: When His Spirit says directly to your soul “I am your salvation.” Such assurance comes to those who step outside their day – to seek Him. If only for a few minutes.

Isaiah 55:6 (ESV) — “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.

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