I have read so many books about bible reading and prayer and Christian faith, but never one that has so changed my perspective on things, as Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. If you have read it please comment down below, I would love to know your thoughts on it. But for now, here are some of my thoughts:
I have thought for so long that Christianity is a religion of the heart. We are encouraged to cleanse our hearts, we are told that God lives inside our hearts, but sometimes our relationships with God becomes this emotional facade.
Hear me out. When God touches our hearts, there is no denying that it was Him. Whether you believe Him or not, when He speaks to your heart, there is no denying its Him. It’s a surreal and undeniable feeling that will change you. That will change your heart. But what happens then? We tell people about it, we give God glory over it and then slowly but surely the feeling dies away. And we are back to square one. And we whine and complain that we cannot feel God, that He’s not there. Or the tides change on our circumstances, and when he can’t feel God we put it down to Him just not caring anymore. Why? Because we are not experiencing the light bulb moments, that we so crave. I am charged as guilty.
“….finding greater pleasure in God, will not results from pursuing more experiences of Him, but from knowing Him better”– Jen Wilkin
I don’t think it can be said any better. The Christian journey, is not only one where we have visions and dreams and light bulb-God moments. Sometimes, yes we do. But for the most part its a hard drudge through life, living in this world and not being apart of it but finding joy in our relationship with God.
The more we know Him, the closer we are to Him. The more we read about who He is, the more we learn who we are not and who we are meant to be. The more we know about His promises, the more we can replace our worries with His truth. We love the Lord our God, not only with our hearts and souls, but with our MIND, too (Matt. 22:37/Luke 10:27). We cannot conform to the world’s standards, and instead we must be renewed by the transformation of our MIND (Romans 12:2).
The bible is not a book about me. Or you. Or anyone else. It’s about God. It’s one continuous story about the character of God. The only way we can know Him, is if we have ‘know’ledge about Him. The only way to do that is to look into His Word. Think about it. If we lived totally lived of our experiences with God, what would we do in our lows? The painful times? The sad times? The confusing times? Times when our heart is being pulled from side to side, and is on the verge of breaking. Can we rely on it? No. The only thing we can rely on is the information stored, in our incredible brain. The knowledge of Him is what will set you and I free, from our ever changing hearts.
When we sin, it comes from the heart. Our mind knows its wrong, and yet we still do it because our heart tugs at the strings and pulls us away from what is written in our minds. “I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.” (Heb. 10:16) When we pray or read the bible, let’s ask God not only to come into our hearts but into our minds as well. Let our knowledge in Him grow, so that we become closer and closer to Him.
“Unless we turn things around, placing the mind in charge of the heart, we could be in for a long, wild ride.”– Jen Wilkin