Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 199:24
God is My Counselor
I have a tendency to be lazy. I have a tendency to avoid doing the things that I need to do. When I don’t do certain things, my well-being is compromised.
There are three main things that I need to do to have a positive state of mind:
- Be in the word
- Eat right
I feel the first one is reflected in this Bible verse.
Indeed, your written instructions make me happy. They are my best friends.
(God’s Word Version of Psalm 119:24)
I love this version of Psalm 119:24. Do you know the feeling of wishing you could see your best friend? That’s how I feel when I’ve been neglecting my relationship with the Lord and reading His word. I feel like I’m missing that part of me. The best part of me. I’m only my best me when I’m focused on the Lord, and getting to know Him better.
What more could I learn?
I’ve been a Christian all my life, and it amazes me how God’s word is new each time I read it. How he uses His word to communicate with me in a new way every time. The words aren’t different – God’s promises and his word is always true. I am different every time. I am changed when I read His word. I’m changed by the circumstances of my life. I’m changed by the people the Lord puts in my life, especially the fellow believers he puts in my life.
Being part of a Bible Study
I had gone nearly two years (maybe more) since I had been in a woman’s Bible study on a consistent basis. I know I hadn’t been to one since I had moved to Oregon. It was like I was starving to death. My heart was a mess. I was in a world of loneliness and self loathing. I didn’t know what I was going to do.
Reflecting on the problems and sadness in my life, I took stock of the three things I need in my life, and realized none of them were in balance. Because I was so out of balance spiritually, I was becoming out of balance with the people who matter most to me – my family. Yes I went to church every Sunday. I prayed a lot, but I wasn’t in the word as much as I should have been, and I wasn’t in a close relationship with others where the Word of God was in the middle.
I started attending a women’s Bible study, and it was as if the heavens opened and angels started singing. The Lord had drawn me back into relationship with Him and with my fellow believers.
I am changed by the Word of God
It’s true each time I read the Bible, I am different. I am also different after a Bible study. The Lord is working on my heart, helping me to learn and grow. I know I don’t always get it the first time, but He keeps working on me. I know I am far from perfect, but He delights in me and is pleased when we get time to connect. I love my Lord.
Have you ever felt pulled away from the Lord? How did He draw you back? Is He pulling you closer to Him now?