We have been working our way through the 5 Solas of the Reformation. This article interrupts that series, but we will pick it back up next week with Sola Gratia, Grace Alone.
Our family’s minivan serves us well in hauling people, school bags, athletic gear, and groceries to and from our many appointments. I recently noticed the steering would shake violently. The steering wheel would even jerk back and forth when I drove at certain speeds. A quick inspection revealed my new tires were beginning to wear unevenly. The verdict was in that it needed alignment. Following a brief visit to a local shop, the van’s performance was restored. It rode smoothly down the road and the passengers enjoyed a safe journey to our next destination once again.
Our hearts also need alignment. We live in a broken world with plenty of distractions calling our attention away from Jesus Christ. Some distractions are outright rebellion to God. Others may seem good enough, but yet they distract us from enjoying intimacy with Jesus Christ. Our minds and then our hearts begin to wander. Our focus shifts, and we soon find ourselves out of alignment.
Every Christian has experienced what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7:22-23, “For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.” We delight in the Word of God and in Jesus Christ, yet we struggle to maintain consistency in our lives. We require spiritual alignment daily.
I once asked a dear old Christian man, “How much time do you spend in Bible reading and prayer each morning?” I will never forget his reply, “I don’t have a set amount of time for my quiet time each day. Instead, I have a goal. I read my Bible and pray until my heart has been realigned to God.”
In this Thanksgiving season, let us commit to living in alignment with God. Can you give even one week to such a joyful endeavor? I challenge God’s people to start each day reading your Bible and praying until you have realigned your heart to God. Awaken with the expectation that God has a word for you and wants to hear from you. I have a free resource that I am happy to send via email if you need help getting started. My email address is email@example.com or search online: Navigators Quiet Time. They have a resource titled Seven Minutes With God.
Psalm 16:8-9 – “I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.”