I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:11
I love Sundays. I love being in the house of the Lord. Worshipping. Hearing the Word and being challenged and encouraged to apply what I’ve learned. I always leave excited and determined to spend more time with God. Read more. Pray more. Apply His word more. I always feel ready to take on the week.
Then Monday comes.
All of a sudden, all that I anticipated on doing is thrown off by perhaps a small argument or I didn’t wake up when I wanted to so I didn’t get time to read as much or pray as much. And now I’m just feeling like blah!
Have you been there?
These are the realities of what take place when we come down from mountain top experiences.
The days of the week determine our growth more than the Sundays (or conferences, retreats, etc) we experience. And what I’m learning is we must not beat ourselves up. What we experience on Sundays is necessary but what’s even more necessary is to rely on His grace to help us walk through the week standing on His word and the new mercies He provides daily.
God isn’t looking for me to be sustained by my Sunday (mountain top) experience. He is looking for me to be sustained by Him and Him only.
So what I get into an argument? Have I consulted Him and His word to respond in love and to forgive thoroughly? (Eph. 4)
So what I woke up late? Have I still made the time to invite Him into my day and to rely on His mercy to get me through or have I thought that I am earning His approval based on how much time I’ve spent with Him?
The point is…our mountain top experiences are always great. But if we fall into a pit when we have to come back to the valley, we are relying on ourselves and not God. He sustains us every. Single. Day.
Call upon Him and not your strength.
"The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning." (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Each day we have a choice to take hold of Him. Take hold of His mercies. Take hold of His grace. Take hold of His faithfulness. Our days will reflect these decisions.
Peace, love and mercy,