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Sunday afternoon musing

While listening to a podcast yesterday at Fire on your head

David Edwards the co-host said something about God always sending thoughts and ideas our way, and it got me thinking about one of the most precious passages in the Bible, Psalm 139:

Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with Thee. ~ Psalm 139:16-18

I got thinking that rather than things about us occurring to God as we run into circumstances, what if God in His vast foreknowledge has, before He knit us, before He molded us in our mother’s wombs, thought His thoughts and wrote His book. What if those thoughts are available to us by plugging into the Spirit any time we need them.

Any time we need direction, God’s thought toward us don’t just happen, but are already being broadcast, or sitting ready to be tapped.

Think of it like this. One of my favorite Bible Commentators is Matthew Henry. He wrote in the early 18th century. I sit pondering a passage of scripture, and then go digging in his commentary for some further light.

As I read his work, the light turns on and I get a totally new revelation (to me) about the Bible. It happens to be something Matthew Henry wrote in 1709, but I just tuned in 300 years after the fact.

It was there for the taking. My dad had a set of these commentaries that he bought before I was born, so any day in my life I could have gotten this “new” idea from the good old MHC.

So it is with God’s knowledge of us and what we will be needing.

The One Who formed us, Who knows our end from our beginning, Who knows every possible consequence of every possible choice we could make, has thought about these things and written them in His book about us.

And He has not locked that book away so we can not get to it. It is available to be checked out of His library any time.

We simply need to plug in.

I am convinced this is how Jesus lived. Daily communing with the Father, senses tuned to hear His voice and His council as He walked the paths of Galilee.

God is not perplexed by your circumstances. He knows you and would be glad to share some great ideas with you.

So turn down the noise in your life that drowns out His voice, grab that volume from His library shelf, and settle in for a good read.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon.

Ben

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He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three pecks of meal, until it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33 NASB)

Leaven is fascinating stuff.

I love to bake bread. It never ceases to amaze me when I sit a bowl of dough perhaps 6 cups of flowers worth with a couple teaspoons of yeast incorporated (that is a ratio of about 72 to 1) and come back an hour later I have twice as much dough as when I started.

So let’s do an experiment.

Let’s take 6 cups of whole grain wheat – shelled, but not crushed. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons on Yeast in the bowl. What do you expect would happen?

Nothing at all.

First you must grind the wheat, mill it into fine powder.

P8170020You must take the yeast (at least the yeast you get at the grocers in little packets or jars, and you must add warm water.

Now you can mix them in the proper proportions and you will find that the tiny amount of leaven or yeast will completely infiltrate the dough will burst its seams.

I want to suggest to you today that the loaf in question here is the heart of man. The leaven of the Gospel can have no effect on a heart in its raw form. The heart must be broken by the law.

At the turn of the 18th century, the great Bible commentator Matthew Henry wrote:

The law grinds the heart, and then the gospel leavens it.

Notice also that the leaven is hidden. God’s word must be hidden in the hearts of men, not for secrecy, but for security.

David says in that wonderful Psalm 119

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You! (Psalm 119:11 NKJV)

Soon, as you hide God’s word in your heart, you will find that it changes you completely. The life of the leaven breathes the breath of life into your whole being. [Tweet This]

Hide His Word in your heart today.

Take some with you to work or school and chew on it – let it roll around in your mind and take root in your heart. It will Benchange you from the inside out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ben

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