Do I have to hear this again?
Why is it so Important to hear this again and again?
Why do we have to discuss this same topic over and over?
Why do I need to go to church to hear the same old preaching?
What is so important about the Bible that I need to read it every day.
We don’t seem to mind repetition in a song, in fact music is a large part of many of our lives.
What happens with repetition?
One thing, it becomes so ingrained in us that we can name that tune, we know the jingle from every commercial.
Once upon a time, they taught multiplication tables by repetition. Many people can still do then very quickly…almost without thinking.
We knew our best friend’s number, why because of repetition.
When we use things all the time, they have a way of becoming part of who we are.
Sadly, our culture seems to be suffering with an epidemic,
I mean that the fabric of our culture has become:
- Don’t make me work for it
- I want to press a button and make it happen
- Don’t make me wait.
- I am bored, moving on.
This is too hard I can’t do it…-with the expectancy that someone else will do it for us.
There is very little stick-to-itiveness any more.
The great inventors made many mistakes, but through perseverance they not only won but also created something that would impact society for years after they were gone.
That tenacity has been buried like a treasure in a society that has no desire to have it.
When I think of repetition, I also think of the many times in the Bible that says, tell this, rehearse this in their ears, set up memorials — so the stories stay alive and the lessons continue to impact future generations.
We connect with things repeated
It causes us to have a connection with the things that are being repeated. It not only becomes part of us, but we also have our own feelings and thoughts about it.
If we do not hear it often, have it rehearsed in our ears we lose that connection.
We may lose the enthusiasm for whatever that is. It becomes something we just slip under the mattress of our life and kind of move on.
Until something happens and we need to know, we desperately seek that connection because we are lost and have no anchor to keep us grounded.
That is why we are instructed to know God, to know his word
The even more wonderful thing is if we connect and take the time, we actually can build a relationship with Him that is solid, He will be our anchor.
I am not saying that a relationship with God will make you impenetrable, but you will have an anchor for your soul.
So, the winds may blow, and you may get tossed about but you know that you are safe.
The panic and anxiety are far less because not only do you know who God is and his promises, but they are at your fingertips and He is right with you.
You don’t have to scramble around looking for something to hold on to or dig under your mattress for those old dusty promises that you put there long ago.
They are there available, powerful, to comfort, to do battle, to guide.
Also repeat in the ears of a friend who is struggling too, because we all need reminders!
Reminders are things that we know that are repeated to us when we need them.
Repetition is a good thing
Thank you, God, for Your word and that it repeats the wonderful news that you are for us and that your plans for us are good and not evil.
Thank you, God, when evil does come our way, we can hold on to you and comfort ourselves that you are with us and that you love us. You even use these things that have come against us for good.
Thank you, God, that your word says that we need to know you and know that you are a rewarder of those who seek you. (Heb. 11:6 for he that comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.)
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