January 29
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’ Deuteronomy 6:5
Bible reading: John 21:1-14 (2) (Go to the Bible passage)
How eager we are to experience full communion with God! Some of us have had a taste of it, but mostly just a little and just a little while. And afterwards we feel emptier than before.
During gatherings, meetings and conferences we can often feel great joy of faith, but - alas - as soon as we get home we seem to lose it. Everything falls apart and we despondently decide to never again attend a Christian conference.
But then we are entirely on the wrong track. For if we had been really blessed at such a conference, if we had really met the Lord, then we would have been all the more equipped to return to daily life. But then how is it that so many experience the opposite?
We read in the Bible that God wants to bless us. But how hard we make it for Him to do so! For when He blesses us, we often arrogantly assume we are doing well, instead of counting ourselves lucky that He is so good for us. Let us not pride ourselves in God’s blessing. Let us remain fully aware that His blessings are only proof of His love and grace.
God’s blessing only has lasting value in our lives, if we - being blessed - are aware of His presence. His presence is the greatest blessing, for then our life is surrounded by divine authority. If we then cast the nets at His word and find a great catch, we will recognize in the blessing the One Who blesses. Then we will not say anymore, ‘What blessing!’ but, ‘It is the Lord!’
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