STOP AND READ THE SIGNS
On a recent mission trip, I noticed a historic marker and didn’t have time to stop and read the sign. I snapped a quick photo on my phone so that I could later go back and learn about what took place at that location.
I must confess; I’m the only one in my family who enjoys reading the historic signs. I am fascinated to explore and learn more about history. Social Studies was not my best or favorite subject in school, but I have grown to appreciate the understanding of the past.
There is great value in learning from our past. Both failures and successes can prompt us to make wise decisions for our future. In fact, Paul once preached a sermon in Acts 13 and took time to reference the faithfulness of God in the past in order to emphasize the provision of God in the present.
DESIRE TO KNOW
The quest of history leaves me wanting to know more. What if our reaction of desiring more knowledge of God was similar to our desire to learn more about history or the desire to rush through a show we are binge-watching? The insatiable desire to find out what happens reveals a pursuit or quest for knowledge and information.
In Acts 13:42, those who heard Paul preach were left with a hunger for more! I don’t know that I’ve ever finished preaching and people cried out for more, but Paul sure had to be encouraged. The desire to know more about God feels like a craving for truth and knowledge in a quest for peace and purpose. The audience in Acts 13 modeled that for us. Imagine if God’s people approached worship and their everyday lives with a desire and expectation to hear from God and learn.
DISCIPLINE TO GROW
This desire must be met with discipline. Paul urged the listeners to continue in their practice. This implies a pursuit for more, and it also implies a commitment to remain, or abide.
Compare this with John 15 where Jesus urges us to abide in Him. The discipline to spend time with Jesus routinely by reading the Bible, praying, meditating, fasting and resting gives us the power to experience His presence.
Our pursuit of Him doesn’t have to feel like a rushed tour through history where we race to read the next sign. Often, it calls us to slowly walk, or even sit, in His presence, as we practice the discipline to abide in Him and continue listening to His voice. He has promised to always be with us, and our desire to know Him will leave us wanting more.