Day 10 – December 6
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. [Philippians 1:9 NLT]
An escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a getaway in the great outdoors always provides me with the opportunity to catch my breath and get my feet back under me as I marvel in the splendor of His creation and am reminded of how incredibly small I am and how big, powerful, capable, and able He is. Several years ago I visited Yellowstone National Park. There are so many unique and fascinating things to see in the park, but one of my favorites was the eruption of the famous geyser, Old Faithful. To witness firsthand as 8,400 gallons of water spouted 90 to 125 feet in the air with such power and force was truly magnificent! And this amazing display repeats on the average of every 90 minutes just like it has for the last 150+ years! That’s faithful!
I love the beautiful and heartfelt prayer the apostle Paul wrote for the Christians at Philippi in Philipppians 1:9 so much so that it has been my steadfast prayer for my children throughout their lives. As Christians we are called to be imitators of God. In order to do this, we must grow in knowledge and understanding of who He is through the reading of His Word. In 1 John 4:16, we are provided with great insight about God. It says “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Did you catch that?…..God IS love. Growing in knowledge and understanding of God is a continual, lifelong pursuit…we never actually “arrive.” As our relationship with Him grows and we know God more, our love grows and it overflows more and more.
Father God, thank You for Your magnificent creation Old Faithful that reminds me to be faithful to seek you so that I, too, may overflow. Thank you for your steadfast love for me and for the joy and privilege to spend time with You through prayer and the reading of Your Word. I pray that You would continue to show me truly remarkable things about You and that my love would overflow more and more, drawing others to You. This Christmas season I pray to be more like You and less like me. Amen.
Written by: Pam Bos