DayBreaks for 10/15/19: The Longest Distance in the Universe
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2009:
If you’ve ever driven across the United States, you know how far it is! And America is a relatively small land mass compared to Asia or the length of Africa. Even flying overseas to other countries can be a long, long haul! Traveling takes time.
I suppose that the longest distance that one could travel and remain on earth would either be around the equator, or the north/south meridian that would take one around the globe in a north to south direction. I hate to think how long such a trip would take.
Some time ago, I read a statement that the longest distance in the world is the 18 inches between the human mind and the human heart. What did they mean? They meant that it’s easy to accept something with the mind and intellect, but very hard to really accept it and believe it with the heart. For example, the Word tells us that we are no longer his enemies, nor even his servants, but His children. But does it always feel like it to you? After you’ve been doing things that you know you shouldn’t have been doing it is hard to believe that he welcomes us. His promise from 1 John 1:9-10 to forgive us if we confess our sins is easy enough to memorize and tuck away in the gray matter of our brains, but it’s not as easy to really believe we’re forgiven and then to live like it. And while we nod our heads in the affirmative when he tells us that greater is the One that is in us than the one that is in the world, and that we have His power at our disposal – it is much more difficult to act as if it is true because though we have head knowledge, our heart acceptance is woefully lacking.
What difference does all this make? We are hampered by the fact that what we know hasn’t traveled the 18 inches to our hearts. We know we are to love Him, and that if we do love him, it will mean that we will obey Him – we don’t ever seem to really get to around to obeying him as if we love him.
I wish there was a silver bullet that would enable all that head knowledge to make the journey to our hearts so we could live it out. I don’t know of such a silver bullet, other than taking what He says on faith – and then to start to live like we believe it. That means we will take more risks and step out more on faith than we have in the past. It means we will take on challenges that are too big for us – and which we know are too big for us – and then watch Him make it happen through His own power so He gets the glory – not us.
How much of what He has said and promised to you has made that longest journey in the world to your heart?
PRAYER: We are so grateful for your patience with us – and we ask that you help us to live what we know intellectually and to live lives of faith, not hesitation! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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