By Fran Gardner Mora/Pearls & Presence
This morning, I finished my Bible reading and placed the satin ribbon between the pages to keep my place in the Word; but as I was bringing the covers together, the Holy Spirit whispered softly for me to leave it open, so I placed it that way on the table beside my chair. Seeing my Bible in that position made me feel like everything I had prayed and every stream of thought that had passed through my head would continue and be carried and worked by God as I went about my day. It seemed like a divine promise that the distractions and concerns of the day, the unsettling and horrifying news stories that would unfold, and the attacks of the enemy would have no chance of thwarting the dreams that God had placed on my heart or derailing me from the path of my purpose. All I needed to do was remain faithful and trust in God’s solutions and timing.
I come from a long line of soup chefs, and the one thing I know for certain is that making excellent soup is a culinary art. It takes time and attention. It takes patience and commitment. You can’t throw a bunch of stuff in a pot, bring it to a boil, and expect to get good soup.
Reading the Word for revelation and guidance requires the same dedication – you must let it simmer. And during that process, it’s necessary to return often to stir and taste and to add ingredients at their proper time. As the time passes, scripture will open word by word and release a savory fragrance that brings joy in anticipation of the full consumption and understanding of what God has for you. Your heart will break down and become tender nourishment to those around you and you will present yourself as a peace offering to the Lord. As you faithfully and obediently wait for the Father to arrange all the details of your situation for the good as He sees it, you are resistant to the suggestions that you could move things along yourself or be satisfied with an inferior result, for you have sampled delicacies that only God could produce. He has shown you the rewards of righteousness.
“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come
and will not delay.”
4 “See, the enemy is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness.” — Habakkuk 2:2-4