"We have to know someone before we can truly love him. In order to know God, we must think about Him often. Once we get to know Him, we will think about Him even more often, because where our treasure is, there also is our heart!" Vol. 1 Chap. 10
The quote above is from: The Practice of the Presence of God by brother Lawrence.
Brother Lawrence lived over 300 years ago, a humble cook. He wrote letters of faith that have surpassed the test of time. Learning how important God is in every present moment, he recognized the Kingdom of God is not only in the ever after; the Kingdom of God is in this very moment and possible to experience and live in right now.
"It is the art of practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end."
Have you ever attempted that? I know I have. When I am in a solitary environment, a silent retreat for instance, I am quick to lean into His presence and sense Him in every moment.
When I am walking my client's dogs in the rain/snow/sleet, driving in Baltimore traffic, or sitting at my computer when it is becoming possessed by something other than common sense! Well...maybe, not so much.
But, I want to. I desire to. I yearn to.
A word that is mentioned today in our Reading, Reflection and Bible Community is Bondservant. Are you familiar with that term? In the New American Standard Version of the Bible you will find it in several places. (Titus 1, Deuteronomy 32:36, Luke 2:29, Acts 4:29, Acts 16:17, Romans 1:1, Philippians 1:1) Peter, Paul, James, Timothy and many more claimed themselves as bond servants of Christ.
What is the meaning of Bondservant? It is referenced through description in Deuteronomy 15:16-17.
"But suppose your servant says, "I will not leave you," because he loves you and your family, and he has done well with you. In that case, take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door. After that, he will be your servant for life. And do the same for your female servants." Deuteronomy 15:16-17 NLT
Jesus repeatedly tells us that relationship with Him, with God, is dependent upon our desire to have one.
He opens His arms, we decide whether or not to run in.
He encourages us to abide in Him (John 15:4)
He stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20)
He begs God the Father to forgive those slaughtering Him and in reality any who have sinned (like uh, well uh, me), while He bleeds to death on the cross (Luke 23:24)
He desires relationship with me. Do I desire relationship with Him?
"We cannot avoid the dangers of life without God's continual help, so we should ask Him for it ceaselessly. But how can we ask for help unless we are with Him? To be with Him, we must cultivate the holy habit of thinking of Him often." ~Brother Lawrence.
I desire to live every day with God being more important than He was yesterday. How do I. For me investing in His Word, continually asking Him to show Himself, praying for Him to protect me from myself.
I know that I sin, I know that I am weak and often weary. But He sufficiently provides some sort of step by step power that moves forward. I am so thankful for our God who is greater than we can even comprehend or imagine.
I leave you with this thought from Brother Lawrence:
"Brother Lawrence insisted that, to be constantly aware of God's presence, it is necessary to form the habit of continually talking with Him throughout each day. To think that we must abandon conversation with Him in order to deal with the world is erroneous. Instead, as we nourish our souls by seeing God in His exaltation, we will derive a great joy at being His."
The book is small. I encourage you to read it. Click here for the link.
May you find God in your days this week. May you be constantly aware of His presence. May you find talking to Him continually a joy and a romance. May you bless God by getting to know Him. He already knows you.
Praise be to God.
Because He IS the I AM, i am
robyn rochelle cox
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