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Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea.
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.


Time Well Spent

Finally emerging from my mental fog and realizing I needed a fresh surge of enthusiasm in my walk with God, I signed up for a weekly Bible study at my church. I dragged my feet about going, not wanting to take up yet another evening with yet another activity. But I went anyway. Imagine my surprise when, the first night, I found myself virtually soaking in every word of the speaker. Zeal rekindled, on the way home, I belted out a song about our deepest desire being to know God.

“And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.” (Jeremiah 31:34 NASB) God was describing the blessing of a new covenant. He was giving a promise that would revive the faintest of hearts — you will know Me.

My first homework from the Bible study included looking up thirteen different Scriptures. Of all the verses in the entire Bible, one of them just “happened” to be the very verse written to me by my dad when I was fifteen years old, a verse that’s stayed with me ever since. “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NASB) It was like God was saying He’d picked this study especially for me, and promised me, ahead-of-time, that He would speak through it. How good He is, to show us His very heart, if only we’ll take the time to seek and know Him.

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