Fleta R. Robinson

Our culture gradually changes from time to time Ė a bit here, a word there, a discarded custom, a new or revived style. Sometimes change isnít gradual at all, rather a sudden event or action may cause a never-used-before response. Consider the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. That date became known, and used ever since, as simply "9/11."

I donít know what triggered the common expression "24/7" but it simply means 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In other words Ė constant, no let-up.

I was on the edge of a recent conversation. Someone quizzed another guest, "How much time do you think one should spend with God?" I assume an explicit answer was expected regarding minutes or hours in prayer and Bible reading, but as to the actual question, "24/7" popped into my mind. I smiled to myself and to the Lord. How near and dear is His constant Presence. "I will never leave you nor forsake you" is TRUTH found in Joshua 1:10.

What a privilege to be His.

    His joy is our strength. Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

        His love never fails. I Corinthians 13:8 NIV

            His mercy endureth forever. Psalm 106:1, 107:1 KJV

                His grace is sufficient. II Corinthians 12: 9 NIV

                    His peace is beyond understanding. Philippians 4:7 NIV

                        His ways are perfect. II Samuel 22:31 NIV

                                The God of hope . . . Romans 15:13

YES, a daily time of reading the Bible to learn HIS side of the conversation, His direction, His teachings, is imperative and a privilege. Talking to our Heavenly Father in repentance, in praise, in friendship, both privately and with others, is prayer. He is "on duty" with instruction and guidance to hear our confessions and praise. Godís Presence, power and peace are available 24/7 to those who have given themselves to Him in obedience and gratitude.

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusted in Thee."   Isaiah 26:3


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