First off I have to say thank you.
Thank you friends and family who are supporting my family and I through this residency. It is much more than a time of gaining knowledge. It is learning how to apply the word of God in every-day life and how to live it out. It’s learning how to count it all joy when we face trials of various kinds [James 1:2-3].
We sing the word of God, and we preach his word because it is the water that washes over our souls and cleanses the sin within. It says in Hebrews:
"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:22-23
Jesus is the living word of God and He alone is the hope that we hold fast. His spirit lives within us and His word is living water to our soul. I find it incredibly poignant that after feeding the 5,000 and walking on water, Jesus tells his disciples:
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63
I am constantly looking for a sustaining life source. When I am tired physically, spiritually, or mentally, (which is quite often lately) His word is a vital reminder that can truly transform the way I respond to all life's challenges. As we wake in the morning, and close our eyes in the evening, let this be our prayer:
"My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes! Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works." Psalm 119: 25-27