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::Devotional:: ‘Rebuilding Your Relationship With The Lord – Part 3’

March 10, 2010

Over the course of 2008-2009 I spent a lot of time in the hospital with my father.  He contracted a form of meningitis that was very destructive to his brain and his body.  During his illness he spent over 50 consecutive days in one hospital or another it took a toll on his body.  Many muscles in his body atrophied because they were not used since he was bed ridden for such a long time.  Rehabilitating those muscles, or strength conditioning and exercise, became a huge focus before he was able to be released from the hospital and return home.  Rebuilding our relationship with the Lord requires some rehabilitation as well.

Just like muscles atrophy without use, our spiritual habits can waste away as well.  When our relationship with the Lord is broken and we’re far from him we tend to also distance ourself from the Bible and from prayer.  Our spiritual habits of studying God’s word and praying to Him atrophy  and therefore require a focused effort to rehabilitate them.

The Importance of The Bible

In the Old Testament, the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Babylonian siege came in three phases.  The first phase, as mentioned in parts 1 and 2 of this devotional series, was led by a man named Zerubbabel.  Zerubbabel’s responsibility was to rebuild the altar and the temple and re-establish a proper form of worship for the returning Israelites.  The second phase was led by a man named Ezra who’s responsiblity centered around reforming the people.  The Bible mentions a very specific characteristic of Ezra many times throughout the scriptures detailing his story.

for the hand of the LORD his God was upon him.  Ezra 7:6

In fact, the Lord was gracious enough to also include the answer to why His gracious hand was upon Ezra in the scriptures as well.

For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.  Ezra 7:10

Rebuilding our relationship with the Lord is something that we need to take very seriously and will require a great deal of commitment on our part, especially when it comes to the study of The Bible.  A healthy relationship with the Lord is one where his gracious hand is upon us, and like Ezra, much of that will depend on how much our hands are on the Bible.

Strengthening Our Study Of The Bible

Many people are intimidated by the Bible for a variety of different reasons.  Some don’t like the writing style or the language because it is too old-fashioned.  Some think that because it was written so long ago that it is no longer relevant in today’s time.  Others are paralyzed by a lack of direction in how to start studying the Bible.  The good news is that there is a remedy for each one of these situations and thankfully for us, God is in favor of the study of His word.  That means He’s willing to help us strengthen our study of the Bible.

Here are a few suggestions, light exercises if you will, to get this rehabilitation started:

  • Purchase or borrow a Bible that is easy for you to read, you can worry about working your way into richer literature later.  Try the NIV, NASB, NLT, or the NKJV translations.
  • Set aside 10 minutes a day in your morning routine, even if it means you need to get up earlier, to read the Bible.
  • Read with a purpose, not just haphazardly.  Here are a few suggested chapters to begin with in order of importance:  Ephesians 5, Galatians 5, John 14-17, Romans (6,8,12), 1 Timothy 2, Ephesians (4,6)
  • Write down one thing that caught your attention and why
  • Write down one thing you think you need to adjust in your life to line-up with what you read

After 53 years of walking around on his legs, my father began his rehab by pushing his knees out against my hand while sitting in a wheelchair.  Over and over we did this little exercise just to give his muscles some resistance.  I have to admit, many times even I wondered if it would do any good.  Praise God that over a year later my father is able to leave his home by the power of his own two legs.  Rehab is simple, repetitious exercises, over an extended period of time.  Start your rehab in the Bible today.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

Me and Pop - 3 months after leaving the hospital

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    March 10, 2010 11:44 am

    Tony I like this Daily Devotion. Good picture of you and your Dad how is he now?

  2. Gary Quist permalink
    March 12, 2010 8:07 am

    Tony, my son,

    As we both know, our journey in’08 -’09 was made possible by and through the awesome power of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Without His Love, His Grace and His Mercy, I would not be here today to write these comments.

    Together, meaning you, your lovely wife and I, we all prayed, we read from The Bible, we listened to and learned more of His Word from the readings and teachings of Dr. McGee. We focused on Jesus, Our Lord, and prayed to receive strength, endurance, perseverance, patience and peace. Surely, we were covered from beginning to end by the awesome power of His Protection.

    Clearly, I felt His Presence, I felt lifted up, I felt His Love as hundreds of prayers were answered and I was on the path to recovery. I also know that you had been filled with The Holy Spirit as I struggled to respond to your loving guidance as we worked hard to get me back up and on my feet. And also how much Leigh Ann lovingly supported me and encouraged me to focus on my daily scheduled exercises keeping me right on task.

    I hope and pray that others, who may read this devotional and read all these comments, will be touched by His Hand, examining their own spiritual lives and in the process of stepping up, focus on Rebuilding a broken or weakened Relationship with The Lord!

    With love,
    Pop

  3. Elizabeth Barbour permalink
    March 12, 2010 5:45 pm

    Hey Tony! I appreciate your devotionals, they are so encouraging!

    • March 12, 2010 6:30 pm

      Hey thanks! I’m glad you stop by to read them. That’s encouraging to me!

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