When we first began the Intensify initiative for this summer, I had no idea what it would bring. I’ve never read through the entire Bible in such a short period before. I have read through the New Testament in a few weeks, but that seemed really easy compared to this task. Allow me to share with you the one word that has come to mind more than any other during this time for me… RELENTLESS.
I know, you may think I would have some more spiritual word like blessing, grace, love, hope, even Jesus! But “relentless” just keeps coming to mind. For instance, when you miss some days along the way and you look at the schedule of reading… relentless. When you come to the end of a long day and your reading has not been done, you get the kids down, sit on the couch after a late dinner at 10 pm… relentless.
Or, what about when you get in a head-on collision and a few hours later hear that your dad’s had a stroke? Life is relentless.
Or, what about the temptation that crawls up in your face and mocks you at your weakest? Satan is relentless.
You then return to the Word of God, even if behind, and read these words of life, given from the God who never sleeps nor slumbers; who always provides for His children. Then, as you read the text you realize that God is relentless. God’s Word is relentless. God’s grace is relentless. Every single time that fatigue, trial, suffering, sin and temptation reel their heads, God’s grace is relentlessly sufficient.
So, as we read the Scriptures, let’s remember that as God causes / allows all things to occur for His glorifying purposes, His relentless love for His children prevails.