I don’t know where you are right now heart-wise. Or what your week has been like. I don’t know if you feel the wind at your back and you’re sailing full speed ahead. Or if you’ve screeched to a grinding halt and find yourself curled up in the fetal position humming.
I struggle with the tension between wanting to “make some noise” and wake people up to what Jesus has truly called us to do and wanting to “quiet the noise” and just incline my ear and heart toward him.
Still pondering and processing and pontificating. But on to Chapter 2.
I want God’s Word to be enough. I desperately want God’s Word to be enough.
Except when I don’t. When I take my eyes off Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith. When I can’t hold up my right hand and truthfully say with the Psalmist, “God, earth has nothing I desire besides you.”
When Psalm 119 becomes one big blurry run-on because all the yourwords and yourprecepts and yourcommands and yourlaws and all the delighting and remembering and obeying and meditating…
There have been so many times in my life when God’s Word has been so precious to me. And I want that to be the rule, not the exception. I want to long for it, hunger for it, crave it. More than any food, any blog, any person, any pleasure.
I know that the times I cherish God’s Word the most are the times when it feels like all my other “securities” and “comforts” have been stripped away. I want to live my whole life stripped.
“The primary reward of the gospel is God himself,” David Platt writes (28). I want God and his glory and his Word to be my motivation for every single thing I do, say, and think. For always.
I have so, so, so, so much more to say. God is working on my heart. Chisel, chisel, chisel. No matter how much it hurts, I can’t wait to see what he reveals.
God, as we discuss this book together, may we bring you glory. Holy Spirit, will you light up your Word for us and fill us with wisdom and discernment? Will you lead us and guide us minute by minute and help us to trust you enough not to have to know what even the next day holds? Will you show us when to speak up and when to shut up? God, empty of us of everything distracting and self-focused and fill us with the power of your holy Spirit. May we bring you nothing but glory. We love you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
1. Please remember not to use quotation marks or apostrophes when you link to your posts.
2. If you’re in the mood to think of a unique title for your link, it helps people find it again easily (and makes us more likely to click on it).
3. In the next couple days, we’ll evaluate how the Read-Along process is going and see what changes we need to make to keep us on the right track.
So, go ahead and link to your awesome posts about Chapter 2. (No pressure to read all the posts or even to write one.) If you’d like to share your thoughts in the comments, HAVE AT IT. Start a discussion, join one already started, whatever you’d like.
And if you want a smidge of direction, here you go:
1. “We desperately need to explore how much of our understanding of the gospel is American and how much is biblical” (28). Has God convicted you of this at all?
2. If you were raised in a “conservative” church, what did you think about p. 37 where Platt states that there’s no “bow your heads, close your eyes, and repeat after me” in the Bible? (gulp)
3. “You and I desperately need to consider whether we have ever truly, authentically trusted in Christ for our salvation” (37). What do you make of that?
4. Your question here.
Guys and gals, thank you. Thank you for being here. For being a part of this. For wanting to take steps, big or little, toward Jesus. I’m honored to be hanging out with you for the next weeks. You’re something special.