Archive for February, 2009

…er than a speeding bullet

February 19, 2009
image borrowed from nobodyasked.com

image borrowed from nobodyasked.com

inevitably, we’re guilty.  guilty of going through life with our eyes on the things in front of us, or possibly behind us, but forgetting the things beside and inside us.

fasting has a way of changing that.  not so much the prefixed-fasts, doing without something you like, but tradition fasting with only water to keep your body from shutting down.

it broadens one’s perspective because it reminds us of that voice talking to us – the little voice of desire.  since before out birth that voice has been directing us toward comfort and security and away from the opposites.

it’s the voice identified in the bible as the flesh and day to day it easily blurs into the background noise.  marketers know that we’re mostly aware our motivations for buying and they advertise accordingly.  our complicated modern lives surround us with millions of opportunities to follow that voice.

that’s why fasting is so beneficial.  it takes that ambient voice and gives it a microphone.  instead of whispering it’s screaming.  it moves the voice from out subconscious to front and center where we can see it for what it is.

and most importantly, it’s and act of domination.  it says clearly: “flesh, you are not in charge!”  “my spirit is submitted to the Spirit of God, and you, noisy little trouble-maker, are submitted to me!”

change

February 18, 2009

i’m wondering about the prodigal son in Jesus’ parable (Luke 15:11 and following).  suppose the son chose a different course of action once he realized the foolishness of his ways.

i know that my father loves me and wants the best for me.  my stomach may feel hungry, but by faith i’m living in a mansion, prospering and well fed.  and i rebuke you pigs and command you to get away from me.

asa problem

February 11, 2009

the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that he may strongly support those whose heart is completely his – 2 Chronicles 16:9

this was one of the first “wow – cool!” verses i found when i began serving God and started reading the Bible.  but the context is important.  not, “God is gonna bless you real good because your heart was completely his”   but “God was really looking forward to blessing you, but you wouldn’t let him

king Asa had followed God earlier in his life, but a situation came up and he said “i can handle this“.  he was threatened by an enemy and went to rent-an-army rather than calling on God.  when the prophet came to warn him, Asa had him jailed rather than listening and repenting.

so, reminder to self: trust God.  all the way.  every situation.  i’m not big enough, smart enough, good looking enough [understatement], i don’t know enough of the “right people” to get through this thing on my own.  my only hope is a total, child-like dependence on God who created this whole thing.