Keeping a Journal Is Like Filling Your Pantry

by Paul Tautges | June 2, 2015 6:35 am

This past Saturday morning, I revisited Lamentations 3:22-25, which has been a significant source of soul food for me over the years. These four verses contain promises and statements about God which are simply amazing in their simplicity and yet deep in their application. Read them.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.

As I meditated on these verses once again, I jotted down in my journal five simple truths that become, for us, stones in the foundation of God-centered faith.

  1. God’s promise-keeping love never stops being displayed toward His children.
  2. His mercies never end.
  3. Like manna was provided each morning to the children of Israel in the wilderness, a new supply of God’s mercies are given to us each morning. His faithfulness toward us is great.
  4. The Lord is good toward those who wait for Him to act and seek Him while they wait. Waiting and seeking, seeking and waiting, delights the Lord.
  5. It is good to wait on the Lord to act. His timing is always precisely perfect, never early and never late.

As we journey through life with Christ, we need to take moments to stop and remind ourselves of truths like these. As we feed on the Word of God each day, we continue to mine fresh truths which speak to our hearts and renew our minds. But the longer we walk with the Lord we also find there are key passages of Scripture that we find ourselves returning to—over and over again. This is one of the soul-strengthening benefits of journaling. By jotting down spiritual lessons that we are learning from God’s Word we store up for ourselves a spiritual pantry to feed upon at other times when the supply feels low. If you are not in the habit of journaling during your daily devotional time, I encourage you to consider starting. You will soon find a rich supply of food for your soul in times of need.

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