Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 66, 67 (Morning)
Psalm 19, 46 (Evening)
2 Kings 17:1-18
We’ve all heard that we need to develop a relationship with God. The way this relationship is talked about often seems like magic or that one must have a supernatural moment in order to have a good relationship with God. The readings this week give a more accurate idea of what that relationship actually looks like. Our relationship with God will be messy, it will be hard, and most importantly it will be far from perfect. God is perfect but we are not, so our relationship can’t be. God must challenge us to bring us closer to him.
Psalm 66 says, “you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.” God challenges us daily to do the right thing and constantly presents us with burdens to overcome, but He still delivers us to a place of abundance. Relationships aren’t easy and take commitment. The more you put into a relationship, the more you get out of one.
Commitment can be very scary, especially to something that can’t been seen or its existence can’t be proven. In Luke, when Jesus called on his first disciples to serve him, they were scared. They watched Jesus catch more fish than conceivably possible and immediately had the faith and courage to follow him. We do not get to have Jesus convince us in person, but if you pay attention you can see God do incredible, unexplainable things in your life.
A good relationship with God takes time, diligence, and faith, however we don’t have to do it alone. I challenge you to ask God for help and recite Psalm 19:14 this week, “let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Written by Hadley Thomas
Hadley is currently a biochemical engineering student at Colorado School of Mines. She is passionate about her faith and is excited to share her perspective and interpretations with the amazing congregation of Saint Paul’s.