Monday, July 10, 2017

Rinse and Repeat

By Andrea Merrell

So then faith comes by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17 NKJV

Wash your hair; rinse and repeat. Wash the dishes; rinse and repeat. Wash the dog; rinse and repeat.

Our life is full of repetition—making the bed, paying the bills, doing the laundry, brushing our teeth, and going to work. We can become such creatures of habit that we go about our normal routine without even thinking about what we’re doing.

Repetition is like anything else; it can be good or bad, productive or non-productive. It’s all in your perspective.

As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.” In most cases, the more we do something, the better at it we become. In the same way, the Bible tells us that faith comes by hearing. Hearing what? The Word of God. A friend and former pastor used to say “Faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing and hearing.

In other words, we don’t typically retain what we hear only once. We need to hear something over and over in order for it to stick.

We're instructed throughout the Bible to meditate on what we read. Hebrews 2:1 (NKJV) says, Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

If you desire more of God in your life and a closer relationship with Him, read, pray, and meditate.

Then rinse and repeat.

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