“My emotions — the ones that a full schedule and an outwardly productive life can prevent me from feeling — are a road to conversation with God. The hidden places of my heart get exposed and He responds.”- Sara Hagerty
Sara Hagerty concludes Chapter 9 of Unseen as she notes that the hidden places help us realize the Word of God wields a powerful weapon. It reaches into our inner thoughts and intentions. Therefore, Sara wryly observes, God’s Word functions as more than aa cross-stitched wall hanging or as generally helpful advice.
Thus, Ms. Hagerty offers a battle plan for dealing with accusing voices:
- jot down the self-defeating thoughts you entertain – and often agree with
- repeat for the times you’ve agreed with those thoughts not in alignment with God’s Word
- even though your fears speak otherwise, lean into God’s power to work in you
Author and pastor Timothy Keller, writing in The Songs of Jesus (2015), notes the psalms’ versatility to meet our needs:
“We are not simply to read the Psalms; we are to be immersed in them so they profoundly shape how we relate to God . . .[They] are the divinely ordained way to learn devotion to our God.” In addition, Pastor Keller adds that we must pray, recite, and sing the psalms. Consequently, we need to actively use them, not merely read them.
In conclusion, Sara reminds us that no void exists in God. As a result, we lean into God, asking Him to speak into the void of our hiddenness. For the Word of God pierces through to our souls, Sara underscores. Even the parts of us we’ve hidden from ourselves.
Today’s question: What Bible verses, hymns, or Christian songs pave the road for conversation with God? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Allow weakness to become thirst for more of God”