I don’t remember the first time I read a book alone, but I do remember Dad teaching me to read by pointing out words in a Dick and Jane primer book. Dad set aside essential farm chores, the other children, even Mom, just so he could spend time with me and teach me this essential life skill.
During those moments, no one else existed for either of us. It was just me and my Dad. While he concentrated all his efforts and energy on me, I struggled to understand those foreign shapes and squiggles. Even though I didn’t yet understand the importance of reading, I wanted to please him.
Our relationship with God is much like those reading lessons.
Our Father God loves us and yearns to spend time with us.
1 John 3:1a-See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are (NIV)!
We, on the other hand, don’t understand why our life is full of hard-to-understand squiggles. We don’t care to struggle through basic grade one reading materials like obedience. We want what we want, when we want it.
But over time, as our obedience skills improve, we chose obedience because obedience is love.
2 John 1:6-And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love (NIV).
Prayer: Lord, your lessons are never too hard to obey. Help us learn them quickly so we can move into a deeper life with you. Amen.