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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Need A Good Soaking? I Do

      Soaking…sounds like a bath doesn’t it.  Something you need to get into to make your stressed body relax and let your mind take you out of the real world to some imaginary place.   You expect to hear “Calgon…. take me away!!!!” …. but that’s not the soaking I’m interested in. 

     The word soak or a variant of it is found in Psalm 65:10 in the Christian Standard Bible version, it states:
    You soften it with showers and bless its growth,
soaking its furrows and leveling its ridges.

     This scripture is speaking of the earth, the land.  It’s easy to understand that this soaking is such that it changes the very landscape.  Furrows and ridges are brought down.  However, many have probably not heard of the Christian Standard Bible version so let me assuage any concerns.  Whether you look to the King James, the Amplified, the American Standard, the English Standard or the New International Version, you will find drench, and soften with such an understanding that the furrows and ridges are settled by an abundance of water.  So, for my purposes I have no concerns over using the word soak for it means to slake the thirst of, to satiate, to satisfy, to water abundantly.  A land that is softened by showers and whose furrows are soaked to the point of leveling the land is truly a land whose thirst for water has been satisfied. 

     So, let me ask the question that this is pointing towards, 
Are you satisfied? 
Has your thirst been slaked?
Satiated? 
Do you feel abundantly watered? 
Or do you feel like a land that is waiting for that rain, 
waiting for those showers to fall?

     There have been many times in my life that I have felt like my life was a dry desert, a wilderness in which nothing grew well but weeds.  Where I felt I was either deaf and incapable of hearing God or else he just wasn’t speaking to me.   

The problem is, I would never shut up!  

     It was ingrained in me that prayer was just me talking to God but that is so wrong!  Prayer is a conversation, a dialogue but we have turned it into a monologue.  When we are done talking we shut down, walk away and then wonder why God isn’t talking to us.   
 
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Truth is – God doesn’t have a problem talking to us…. we have a problem listening.  


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wise and Diligent or a Lazy Man of Folly?



Have you ever just stopped in your studies of the word and reflected on a word or two? Have you ever done a word study?  It can be very powerful and enlightening to do so.  Word studies allow us to carefully uncover the meaning of a word but not just for its overall meaning but its specific meaning in the context we find it.  This allows us to find parallels, words with equivalent meanings that open the scripture up to us. 



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Teachings of Hebrew Wisdom On Diligence and Laziness

The dictionary defines diligence as “steady application in business of any kind; constant effort to accomplish what is undertaken; exertion of body or mind without unnecessary delay or sloth; due attention; industry; assiduity.”[1]  It also defines laziness as “the state or quality of being lazy; indisposition to action or exertion; indolence; sluggishness; heaviness in motion; habitual sloth.”[2] Laziness is different from idleness in that idleness is “a mere defect or cessation of action, but laziness is sloth, with natural or habitual disinclination to action.”[3]  Hebrew literature is therefore filled with praise for the diligent and warnings for the lazy and slothful.  The Bible states “The diligent will take control, but the lazy will be put to forced labor.”[4]  In this passage it tells us that those who are hard-working will gain control but the lazy will end up as slaves.  Proverbs also tells us that “Lazy hands bring poverty, but hard-working hands lead to wealth.”[5]  In essence, the hands of the diligent are blessed with the fruit of that diligence and the hands of the lazy are cursed by their laziness.  “The lazy person craves, yet receives nothing, but the desires of the diligent are satisfied.”[6]  Hebrew literature teaches us that the lazy and slothful person may want but can’t get anything because he won’t work for it but what the diligent desires he can have.
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