Are you looking for God in your life?
Are you seeking Him in your day to day, hour by hour, minute to minute, second upon second moments?
Do you want to discover His Presence in fresh, new, enlightening ways?
Do you have an unquenchable thirst for more of your God?
Are you hungry for some kind of deep and spiritual nourishment that can only be fed to you by your God, your Savior Jesus Christ, and the abiding power of the Holy Spirit?
I am! I can boldly say “YES!” to every single question I posed to you. I am asking them of myself.
This is one of the reasons I have decided to read Romans 12 daily for 2016.
I believe I will discover God at work in my life as I read Romans 12 once a day for the year! I really, really do believe that!
Here is one reason why:
There is one phrase that I am resting upon at the moment.
You will find it in verse one.
Romans 12:1 states, “Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.”
The phrase that I am camped upon is this one:
in view of God’s mercy NIV
In other versions this phrase is read the following ways:
in view of God’s mercies ISV (International Standard Version)
by the mercies of God ASV (American Standard Version)
through the compassion of God YLT (Young’s Literal Transition)
Many of the Bible translations use either in view of God’s mercies or by the mercies of God.
Why have I settled upon this phrase for the past five days?
I can’t stop thinking that everything I do – in my day to day, hour by hour, minute to minute, second upon second life – is in view of God and His infinite mercies. Not only that, I am functioning in my day to day, hour by hour, minute to minute and second upon second life by the mercies of my God.
Dwell on that a moment with me.
Matthew Henry says it this way: “There is the mercy that is in God and there is the mercy that is from God.”
I revel in the mercy of God in the joys of life.
I rest in the mercy from God in the sorrows of life.
I am in His merciful and compassionate view – every day, every hour, every minute, every second of my life. My God has no blind spots as He surveys me.
David understood these incredible mercies when He wrote:
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139: 7-12 NIV
I am living my life in full view of my God and honestly, it is only by His mercies that I breathe and function.
For by His mercies,
I love, cherish and partner with my husband.
I love, adore and guide my children.
I love, enjoy, and encourage my family and friends.
I love, care, and serve my neighbor.
And it is in view of His tender mercies,
I experience loss, betrayal, or struggle in pain.
I show impatience and frustration to others.
I commit acts of shame in my shadow life – where I want to hide my sinful ways.
And it is in view of God’s mercies that I come clean about my shame and confess my sin.
As I contemplate how I behave, what I think, and all the things I do and don’t do – all in view of God’s mercies – I am humbled. I feel like I should be prostrate upon the floor, head down; broken.
Yet, I am mercifully not broken, destroyed, nor am I ashamed!
I am loved, embraced and in full view of my God and His tender, compassionate mercies – because of mercies shown me through Jesus Christ. Day to day, hour by hour, minute to minute, second upon second; Always and Forever.
Yes, I desire to discover my God and experience His Presence in new and enlightening ways in 2016 – I start by acknowledging that I am in His view, His gracious, merciful view at this very moment and throughout the year.
And you are too!
Are you looking for God in 2016? You can find Him as you read Romans 12 once a day! What do you think about that?
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