lay aside


Study to show yourself approved unto GOD, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15
When I get to doing research, or am writing, I look very much like this puppy.  For when I am into searching out a matter, it is very, very hard for me to lay aside the books and get up to take care of something needing to be done.  Unfortunately, that can create a problem for loving people and reaching out, got me involved in many various groups where I have commitments. But the LORD, through one of HIS children, placed in me the desire to fill her request (Philippians 2:13).

This gal wanted to study Revelation.   Although, I’ve read it time and time again, had a general idea of what it contained, I had no idea what I was getting myself into as I agreed to answer her longing and lead a small group study on the last book of the Bible. In preparation, I checked out a couple of study books, but found they didn’t fit the group of gals who wanted the study. They either skimmed over the material, were dogmatic on issues, or had too much homework. A couple of the ones wanting to learn, admit that they are not up to homework. So, I just began studying Revelation for myself, and slowly started writing a study we’ve dubbed Sketch and Chart Revelation.

It is demanding. I find, as I piece together this Revelation study, I must stop to confer often with the LORD.  Sometimes it seems like a running dialogue. The urgency to finish writing it, compels me on. I get so involved- oblivious to what else is going on around that I’ll awake thinking about something happening within the pages of that great book, and talking to the LORD about it.

With this urgency compelling me on, plus my commitments, I find myself forced to lay aside a great love of mine- writing daily devotions. So, reading a verse calling us to lay aside some stuff, hit me square between the eyes. It reminded me of our LORD JESUS laying aside HIS high position, HIS wealth, HIS rights, HIS privileges, to humble HIMSELF and become a baby (Philippians 2:5-11).   HE did this so HE could start as we did, and become in all ways like us (Hebrews 2:14-18) and be tempted in all ways just as we are but without sin. That way HE could die in our stead and save us, plus, fully understanding our weaknesses and struggles, HE is able to help us in our times of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).

HE had to lay aside stuff to be able to help us. But, in the doing, HE received great joy and when JESUS saw what it achieved, HE was satisfied (Hebrews 12:2, Isaiah 53:11).

This blessed reminder made me smile. For although I’ve had to lay aside my great love of writing daily devotions for a time, what I am learning and sharing is so exciting, and the group study time is actually fun!

Looking to JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.




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