I’m a type-A, driven person. This means that when I set myself out to accomplish things I usually try and do it as tenaciously as possible. I once read an entire book (titled What the Bible Says About Covenant, not the most engaging read) in one “sitting” on a Saturday in college. I just read this book in two days. I don’t say this to point out any talent or ability of my own, rather to setup an issue that I struggle with…
I don’t like things that are daily.
I like to tackle a project and finish it. Things that need to happen daily just seem to drain me of energy and motivation. Here’s an example: I try to be the one to regularly do dishes in our family. Every day is a battle and I usually feel that I’m on the losing end. I swear my family just throws things in the sink while I’m at work. Or like I wrote about here, I don’t like reading books that take me an inordinate amount of time to finish. This all leads me to an issue far more impacting than the dirty dishes in my sink…
God wants to meet with me daily.
And I need it. The problem is that I’m not good with the whole daily thing. For the last few years I’ve been on a reading plan to read the Bible in a year. It’s hard for me not to want to read ahead and get it done early. Whenever I think about this, I wonder to myself what would happen if I did that. If I finished my reading plan in October, would I take November and December “off” from my Bible reading and personal time with God? Obviously no. So why can’t I just seem to be content with each day?
My desire to conquer things always runs contrary to my desire to experience God.
God will not be conquered. He will not be mastered. He will not be finished. You will never check him off of a to-do list. His glory is all-encompassing. His wisdom is all-surpassing. His very being overwhelms us… and He does it every single day. I love the way Scot McKnight described it in his book The Blue Parakeet:
“God did not give the Bible so we could master him or it; God gave the Bible so we could live it, so we could be mastered by it.”
So I commit to pursuing Him… daily.
Especially when it isn’t easy. Especially when it causes me to feel weak in the things that I can control. I choose to read my Bible one day at a time.
Question: How do you tackle those things that happen daily?