The Verbs #3

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The string to a kite isn’t restrictive as some would think. In fact, it is the string which keeps the kite in flight. If the string is lost the kite crashes!

That is exactly what Solomon was telling us about instruction and correction. He states to take the commands to heart (3:1). In so doing, they’ll help you live a long time and they will allow you to have a life that is full and well.

Many people see correction and instruction as restrictive. In reality they are what keep us flying and ultimately flying high.

Solomon even goes so far as to state, make sure you live in such a way that you earn a reputation for living well in God’s eyes and in the eyes of people.

Over the years, I have learned the only way to fly high in any arena of influence, you must have deep roots. The higher your kite flies, the more people notice!

Yesterday we talked about digging deep. You need to dig deep so that when you are flying high, you do not lose your character. When your roots are not deep, you can and often will go off course, especially when it comes to influence, money or a position of leadership.

The string on the kite not only keeps the kite in flight, it also keeps it tied to the owner. As long as the owner holds the string the kite operates the way it was designed to. The kite flies and is directed by the string holder. The string is simply the connection between the two. That connection is how the kite is directed.  In the moments of trouble, that direction can either accelerate, lower or maneuver the kite so that despite the turbulence, the kite will stay in flight.

That is why God gave us His word. It isn’t restrictive. In fact, it is the connection between us and Him. It is what maneuvers us around and or through the trouble. It is what keeps us during the shifts in our life and it is what stabilizes us despite the currents we may be going through. In other words, it keeps us in flight.

This is why when you start living that life you’ve always wanted, or you get the answered prayer you’ve been praying for for years, you must remember Who let you fly, Who answered that prayer, remember Who blessed you! The Who is God! Remember God.

Proverbs tells us to listen for God’s voice in everything, and everywhere. He is the one that will keep you on track. He is the one that will keep you moving towards your destiny!

So don’t resent the string! It isn’t a restriction, it’s actually a blessing because it’s your connection!

The Verbs #2 – Digging Deep

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The Verbs #2 ~ Digging Deep

“That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.

And here’s why: God gives out wisdom free,
is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding.
He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well,
a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere.”
Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: The Bible in contemporary language (Pr 2:2–7). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.
Solomon tells us that if we want to know God, then we are going to have to dig deep for it. Jesus used a different term. He said you have to hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6). It’s when you hunger and thirst that you will be filled. He’s willing to fill you but first, you have to have an appetite for righteousness. Likewise, He gives wisdom and understanding away freely. It’s when we cry out, or dig for understanding that it will be found.

Maybe you have had a piece of furniture and you wanted to give it away free of charge. You place an ad in the paper, on Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, and or Twitter. You even run TV ads to advertise the free item. You are willing to give it away, yet no one wants to make the effort to come and get it. However, the one who does make the effort to come and get the free item, receives the piece of furniture and then uses it to make their life better. Every person who saw the ad had the same opportunity to receive, but only those that responded and gave effort were rewarded with the free item.

God has advertised for thousands of years what He has to offer! But only those that make the effort as Solomon stated, will get the reward. Solomon says if you want to know God or understand God, it requires some effort. He uses an image of a miner mining for gold. You have to dig in, dig deep into God’s word everyday! Pursue God, and when you do, you will find Him.

James 4:8 tells us that if we will draw close to God, He will draw close to us. Jesus said if you will seek me you will find me. In Hebrews 11:6, we find two keys to digging deep, or shall I say the proper tool to use in digging, faith!

1. Believe that He is!

Believe He is what? Whatever you need! He asked in the Old Testament of Moses, “who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked of Peter, “who do you say that I am?” You will find when you dig in faith, that the answer is what He said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM! I am what you need me to be.

If you are lonely, you’ll find He is a friend.

When you are struggling, you’ll find He is a help.

When you are weak, you’ll find He is strength.

Just believe He is.

2. Believe that He is the God that will meet the need in your life.

Many believe He is, but they don’t dig deep to find out ALL that He is. Here in Hebrews 11:6 we are told to diligently seek Him. Why is it so important to seek God diligently? When you go after God to find out if He is what you need, and you do that diligently, the very things that you were seeking will fade away. You will find that what you were seeking all along was Him. Everything else will fade in importance because God is what you have needed all along. He is, and He is a rewarder of them that dig deep for Him. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek after Him.

When you dig for God, you will find yourself so deep in God that the world no longer sees you, they only see Christ.