11.05.2008

Word Wednesday .::18

Word Wednesday is posted every Wednesday. Each week I post a scripture that I've read that week that has spoken to me in a fresh way. I believe that if we read God's Word every day, He will give us at least one scripture every week that will impact us. Sharing Scripture with each other is like iron sharpening iron.

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Here's the scripture that stuck this week:

Jeremiah 48:10 ESV

Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.

This verse is talking about those who will be carrying out God's wrath and judgment on Moab. I am not a violent person, to say the least. I still hate guns because of an incident involving a pellet gun and a bird. So, when I read this this week, I wasn't so much thinking about the violence in the verse, but about cleanliness. Next year I'm going on a trip to Africa. I'm looking forward to it, but I've also dealt with some fears, like financial support, "traveling mercies", and safety overseas. I think if I let it, those fears could easily lead me to cancel the trip, but that's not what God is calling me to do. He is calling me to get my hands dirty next year and get out of my comfort for 10 days. Sometimes, our lives can be too tidy and clean. So clean, that when God calls us to get in the dirt, we don't want to sacrifice our cleanliness. In this passage, those were called to fulfull God's will were going to have to get their swords bloody. It really wasn't an option. Like I've said before, we really can't experience miracles until we excersize our faith, and sometimes that means getting our hands dirty.

What's your Word?

2 comments:

Bill Stanley said...

Gary I'm trying to live with a better thankful heart for the things others and God do for me.

Luke 17:11-19

Check out my blog at speaktopia on the subject.

Kevin Phillips said...

Gary, hope things are well with you. It seems so. I started a new blog just for devotional stuff. Check it out at http://pilgrimpassages.wordpress.com