One of the things I’m asked sometimes is how do you hear God’s voice in scripture. Now, that’s not always an easy answer. I have found, for me, it really comes down to listening and being aware of what is there in front of you in the text.
Sometimes when you are reading scripture, something will just jump out at you and grab you. Sometimes there is a word, a phrase, a something, that will just grab you where you are and speak to you.
But many other times in scripture, we have to be looking and listening. For me, in those moments, what I do I see what word, phrase, or concept really peaks my interest or attention. One of the ways that happens sometimes is when a word is repeated within the text. Today, as I read one of the readings for this morning, that’s what happened to me. Listen to 1 John 2: 24-25:
24Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.
For me this morning, that word was “abide.” Let what you heard in the beginning “abide” in you. Go deep within you. Stay with you. Marinate you. Hang onto you. Let it become part of you.
What did you hear? We heard that we need God and God gave us His son to forgive us, teach us, and save us. Let that truth seep down within you.
And if that “abides” within you, then you will “abide” within the Father and the Son. In other words, when we know just how deep a love the Father has for us, we will cling ever so tightly to His hand. And He will cling even more tightly to ours.
We abide in Him. He abides with us.
And this is what He gives us – eternal life with Him.
Today, you are loved by God. He has given His Son for you. He has forgiven you. Let that truth abide within you. Let nothing shake it. Let nothing deter you from it. Let that truth seep down deep within you.
Let it abide.
And when that truth abides within you, we will abide deep within the love of God.
Today, you are loved.
May that truth abide within us.