• Mar 5th, 2015 at 2:43 PM (CST)
  • By PD
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UGH! I hate inconsistency! I especially hate it when it is obvious that I am inconsistent! The evidence here is clear; I haven't blogged for months. While a do believe it is not sin to miss blogging, I apologize to anyone who has looked forward to my posts.

Lest I start to feel overwhelmed by inadequacy, all humans are inconsistent, it's simply a matter of what we are inconsistent in and the degree of inconsistency. I came face to face with my inability to maintain perfect performance in my diet when, after a fierce effort many years ago lose weight, over the years I gained it all back. Now, I am back on the healthier habit track, and hopefully I can hold on to the habits for the rest of my life. Time will tell.

There are worse things to be inconsistent about, including relating to God. Everyone knows that a good relationship involves plenty of good communicaiton. Somehow, that message gets lost for many nominal Christians, who think that God should just sit around waiting for whenever they feel up to chatting with him, or listening to him! I'm talking about prayer and time with the Word. Prayer is our conversation to God, and time with the Word is us listening to him.

There is an awful temptation to do these things sporatically, most likely because God is unseen, a Spirit. If God were in front of us physically every day, I think we'd be prompted to talk with him more. But, his Word is here! If you keep a Bible anyhwere near you, it's fairly screaming, "HEY, YOU! I'm God's Word - yeah, over here - and I have something to tell you!" But, like exercising, there is some effort and attention required.  It's not as fun reading the Bible as eating a donut or watching T.V. Why? Because those things require zero effort on our part. Ah, but there is either a payoff, or a price to pay for our activities! (There is also a "Pay the Piper," which fits in here somewhere!)

I am so glad God is not inconsistent! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), which means he is consistent! He won't dump us if we're repentant and trying. But the key is to be trying. Waiting for months is not a good try at blogging, I admit. And waiting for years to get in meaningful touch with God in prayer and Bible learning is not trying, either. Perhaps we both can improve?