July 29, 2016
We hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions. We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends. From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our Friday Friends. So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our Friday Friend, Logan Wolfram.
Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:129–130).
Friend to Friend
Curiosity to understand the world around us has driven innovation for centuries. From the Romans to Einstein to modern technology and advances, our curiosity for what we don’t understand pushes us forward. And whether or not we take hold of the things we pursue, we still press on to chase after increased understanding and attain more of what we’re after. We hold on to what has been learned and push into boundaries beyond the known. It’s the way of innovation. It’s the path of advancement. We apply our curiosity to science, art, business, and technology. And as a general application, we tend to explore areas of societal advancement with more gusto than we do the areas of our own souls.
But this too is how we can develop a deeper faith. We need to explore life and God with the same kind of curiosity to uncover hope along the way.
We can’t have a conversation about definitions without including our friend, the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which defines curious as “having a desire to learn or know more about something or someone.” But when we’re talking about faith, I think the apostle Paul said it in Philippians better than Webster or I ever will:
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained. (Philippians 3:12–16)
A curious faith is a mobile one. And understanding is an action verb that unfolds before us, as the psalmist declared:
Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. (Psalm 119:129–130)
To pursue God is a lifelong exploration that has no end. Maybe it feels laborious to you to know that the journey is never done. But couldn’t it be exciting too? To know there is always more to be found? That there’s always more goodness and possibility to discover along the way? That a walk with God is always revealing, always uncovering?
An unfolding isn’t an immediate reveal; it’s a process God invites us to experience with Him. Hold on to what God reveals and know that there is more for you. Press on, friend. Live curious.
Father God, we thank you that YOU are a God who is ever unfolding your goodness before us. We thank you that your plans and hopes for us exceed even our own wildest dreams. Father we praise you that our certainty isn’t found in where we are going, but in Who we are following. And you Lord, are worth spending a lifetime curiously pursuing. We ask that you would cultivate in us an unquenchable thirst for your Word, for your promises, and to follow you with all hope and curiosity. You are a good Father and we thank your for your gentle unfolding of truth in our lives. We love you Lord.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Think about some of the truths that the Lord has revealed to you over time, in a gentle unfolding, if you will. Now think about some things that the Lord has placed on your heart that you are presently curious to maybe dig into further. What would it look like for you to begin to step into those areas of your life and soul with a hunger and a curiosity to see God show up in the journey? This is exciting stuff sisters!!! Have fun with it!
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Logan Wolfram is a plate-juggling mom and interior decorator turned writer, speaker, and host of the Allume Conference. She is a passionate leader who desires to see women live fully in Christ. Her first book, Curious Faith; Rediscovering Hope in the God of Possibility released March 1, 2016. Logan and her husband, Jeremy, divide their time between wrangling two inquisitive boys and a 175-pound dog named Titan. They reside in Greenville, South Carolina. Connect with Logan on her website www.LoganWolfram.com
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Originally published Friday, 29 July 2016.