For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 (NIV)
That is what I want you to do. What do you want me to do? I want you to teach me. I will be your student. I am your follower. I will listen carefully to everything you have to say to me. I will accept your instruction. I will follow your guidance. I will put your word into practice. I will obey your commands. I will allow your word to form the thoughts of my mind, the words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. That will be very good.
When will class be in session? How will I hear and learn and receive all that you want to teach me? I would like to hear your thoughts on these questions. Your class will always be in session. You will use all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life to teach me. Nothing will be beyond your use, to instruct me. That is true. But your class will especially be in session when I come to meet with you in your word. There is not a day that I will not need to receive wisdom and guidance, encouragement and endurance, patience and strength, and much that comes from your word. That is also true.
When will you meet with me in my word? When will you listen attentively to my word? When will you receive all that I have to give you from my word? I will meet with you daily in your word. I will take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. I will read and study your word. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will pray and proclaim your word. Your word will be ever before me. In every way, on every day, I will take a hold of your word so that it takes a hold of me. That will be very good.
What do you expect that my word will do for you? Beyond, what I have already mentioned? Yes beyond, what you have already mentioned. I expect that your word will teach and train me to be able to hear and recognize your voice. I expect that your word will help me to come to know you intimately. I expect that your word will change my heart and transform my mind. I expect that your word will make me able to follow and obey you, to live the life that you have called me to live. Yes, my word will do all these things in you, for you and through you. Let my word dwell richly in you. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. Of that I have no doubt. Of that, I am certain.
Lord, I will take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life so I can receive all that you want to give to me. Give me endurance and encouragement and hope as I meet with you daily in your word. Teach and instruct me and guide my life with your word. Amen
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