Lately I have been trying to get into God’s word and grow in wisdom. I’m twenty-eight years old, and in a lot of areas of my life, I still need to grow up. I need the Spirit’s help through the study of the word and prayer.
A couple weeks ago, I was reading in Zephaniah, looking for Biblical wisdom.
This verse jumped off the page:
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord. – Zephaniah 2:3
What do I seek?
When I look at the year or month or week ahead of me, what is it that I’m pursuing with my time and energy?
Sometimes I look at the week ahead and simply think about the responsibilities I have. I’m striving to lead my family as a husband and father. That takes intentionality. I’ve got seminary assignments. I’ve got work assignments. I am now an umpire for the local Boys & Girls Club softball league. I’ve got students that I’m meeting with for discipleship. I’ve got upcoming D-Now speaking engagements.
I’m seeking a lot of earthly things.
Many of those things are good things.
Obviously being a God-honoring spouse and father is important.
Doing my school work and work work for the glory of God is important.
But what is it that I’m chasing?
Without intentionality, a week can go by with no real growth in my walk with God.
To avoid this, I need to apply that verse from Zephaniah to my life.
Seek the Lord.
How can I commune with God this week? That’s the most important question, the most important part of my schedule.
I occasionally struggle with staying asleep. For instance, I’ve been up since 2:30 AM, and I’m writing this post at 5:15 AM. I would love to be sleeping right now. Especially with a busy day of preaching and hosting students for dinner ahead of me. But here I am.
And you know what?
It’s been beautiful. Sure, I watched a couple YouTube videos. But for the most part I’ve been reading some and praying some and journaling a whole lot. I feel God’s presence close, intimately close.
I wrote in one of my journals that I would take this feeling of intimacy with God over sleep every time.
I wish I could say this was a daily reality. It’s not.
Again, this verse is kicking my butt.
I need to seek the Lord, seek righteousness, seek humility.
How can I become more righteous, more like Christ, this week?
How can I grow in humility (something that is central to my identity as a follower of Jesus, something I don’t have to work to have but rather seek to implement: see Philippians 2:5) this week?
Zephaniah tells me.
By doing just commands.
God’s commands that is.
If I seek to live in step with the commands of God in Scripture, I will over time, through the work of the Spirit, become more like Him and grow in humility and righteous living.
Humble, righteous men and women change communities because humble, righteous men and women give God all of the glory instead of seeking to hoard it for themselves.
Oh goodness I’ve got a long laundry list of times where I sought to get a little bit of God’s glory for myself.
It never pans out.
Brother or sister in Christ, seek the Lord this week.
He will be found!
May our communities be overflowing with men and women who seek the Lord and imitate His humility and righteousness to a watching world.
In His Name,