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Remembering Solomon

Good morning, Posse.

I woke with a bit of an ache in my stomach from a late dinner last night… AND NO! I’m not pregnant. Somehow, being married all of a sudden creates this suspicious glance to the belly area by onlookers and aquaintances, as well as a thought process after a stomach ache complaint that is generally entirely unnecessary. (For the record, asking a woman if she is pregnant goes down in the female book of pet pieves as one of the most rude questions possible).

All that to say, I slept in and am feeling much better, and now am sipping my french press and thinking about how kind it is that the Lord gave us the Bible. I’ve been reading Proverbs 2 for the last several days; prayer reading it, more accurately.  

If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the writing of King Solomon (the king who asked for wisdom and first displayed his brilliance in a case between two mothers, one whose infant had died and the other who had an infant of the same age, but was kidnapped by the first mother- each claimed their right to the child, until Solomon quite horrifically discovered the identity of the true mother by offering to cut the baby in half so each woman could “share” the child. Obviously, the true mother relinquished her right in the desperate plea to save her child’s life, and Solomon knew she was the real deal).

Well, it’s this king who is writing to his son, Lamuel in the book of Proverbs. He takes all that he’s learned to plead with his son to grab hold of wisdom, and in Proverbs 2:2-5 he says,

 …”So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for descernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”

For this last week, I can’t get Proverbs 2 out of my prayers to the Lord. I keep thinking about how pleased God was that Solomon could have asked for anything he wished, but his cry as a young man was wisdom, and I can’t help but think the same for my life. Instead of just reading the Scriptures and nodding my head in agreement, I use the language in my prayers to God right out of the passage. Solomon pleads! He uses some strong imperatives: “incline”, “apply”, “cry out”, “lift up your voice”, “seek”, “search”… 

The reward? Understanding the fear of the Lord, and actually finding that you are beginning to know how God thinks, feels, acts. That is outrageous.  So onward and upward?


Quote from Ignatius of Antioch

Please pray for me, that I may have both spiritual and physical strength to perform my duties; that I may not only speak the truth but become the truth; that I may not only be called a Christian, but also live like a Christian. Yet I do not want people to look to me as an example, for at best I can only be a pale reflection of Christ Jesus; let people look away from the reflection and turn to the reality. Christianity is not a matter of persuading people of particular ideas, but of inviting them to share in the greatness of Christ. So pray that I may never fall into the trap of impressing people with clever speech, but instead I may learn to speak with humility, desiring only to impress people with Christ himself.

More thoughts…

The difference between humility and being a pushover is the motive. Though the two can look the same to the untrained eye, the difference lies in whether or not your motive is the overflow of love for God or the fear of man.

Just a Thought

If we put God in a box we will never be able to comprehend Him doing anything bigger than us.

For real…

How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove, and it doesn’t have that dangerous beak.
– Jack Handey

Richard J. Foster

“Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.”

-The Celebration of Disciplines

Things I Think…

You know what? There is just simply no way of getting out of guessing someone’s gender wrong. For example, I was hanging out with someone the other day… no names… and when this individual opened the door for us, out came “Thank you, sir” from my companion. Nope, the polite person who opened the door for us was not a sir. Definitely an awkward moment when she responded with dejected, “No problem,” that trailed off into the silence of feeling the full brunt of the unintentional insult.

There are few things more funny than watching white people clap to music while sitting down. I can’t clap to save my life, but at least I know that about myself and cease trying unless I am sufficiently close to someone who CAN clap.

I’m discovering “gird your loins” as possibly one of the best phrases to resurrect.

Speaking of the resurrection, I’ve been studying it lately and I have to say, if you want to have a good time, dig up 1 Corinthians 15 and fall in love with it, because it’s just good stuff.  I love 1 Thess 4 when Paul speaks of the resurrection of the saints and the return of Jesus and then says, “Therefore, comfort one another with these words.” You can pretty much defuse any frustration with the phrase, “Hey, Jesus is coming back!” Peter Lewis says this, Without it [the resurrection] Christianity would have been still-born, for a living faith cannot survive a dead savior.  

A.W. Tozer

The sharpest eyes of the holiest watcher in the blest company above cannot discover a flaw in the ways of God in brining [His plans] to fruition, nor can the pooled wisdom of seraphim and cherubim suggest how an improvement might be made in the divine procedure. “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him.”

Potent Quote from A. Nolan:

“Jesus has been more frequently honored and worshipped for what he did not mean than for what he did mean. The supreme irony is that some of the things he opposed most strongly in the world of his time were resurrected, preached and spread more widely throughout the world– in his name. Jesus cannot be fully identified with that great religious phenomenon of the Western world known as Christianity.”

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