Tuesday, February 17, 2009

God who created the heavens and the earth

Luk 5:1 And it happened that the crowd pressed on Him to hear the Word of God, He stood by the lake of Gennesaret. Luk 5:2 And He saw two boats standing by the lake. But the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Luk 5:3 And He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon's, He asked him to thrust out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the people out of the boat. Luk 5:4 And as He stopped speaking, He said to Simon, Launch out into the deep and let your nets down for a haul. Luk 5:5 And answering, Simon said to Him, Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing. Yet at Your word I will let down the net. Luk 5:6 And doing this, they enclosed a great multitude of fish. And their net was being torn. Luk 5:7 And they signaled the partners, those in the other boat, to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they were sinking. Luk 5:8 And seeing, Simon Peter fell at the knees of Jesus, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord. Luk 5:9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the haul of fish which they had taken, Luk 5:10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Do not fear, from now on you will be taking men alive. Luk 5:11 And bringing their boats onto land, forsaking all things, they followed Him.

The knife

I saw a poor man
Glorify God
Prove to the world
That He is in charge
That he who bends his knee
And to Him makes known
All that weighs his heart
Has no need to bend his head
Or stretch his hand
To another man like him

I saw a poor man
Curse and groan
Repenting the folly of his ways
His unrighteous living
Laziness and procrastination
Self inflicted wounds
He has become an anecdote
That wise men try to impress
On young minds
"Beware, be not like him"

O' the paradox
This treacherous knife
In ones hand
The surgeons scalpel
That brings forth life
Glorifying the creator
In similar hands
A murderous dagger
That takes forth life
Bringing death
Condemnation and regret.

I see a knife being placed
In these very hands
I see abundance bestowed
An inheritance undeserved
"Depart from me, O Lord
For I am a sinful man"
But He reached out
And touched my heavy heart
"From henceforth, fear not
Thou shalt catch men."

Psalm 121
1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

O' for grace to rejoice in the valley. To testify to God's goodness in the valley, to glorify His name. In weakness He gives us grace to do the impossible, what frail human nature cannot.


Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Subtle, articulate and sensitive words treating of so great a theme as the Word has placed into your mind, dear brother.

Thank you for directing your heart, and ours as well, to the things above, always.

Jim Swindle said...

Thank you for the wise words.

Poverty and riches can each either drive us to the Lord or from him, though riches seem to be the more spiritually dangerous of the two. I think of Jesus' words: it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to inherit the kingdom of heaven.

The Postman said...

Adding on without contradictions ....

Yes as you have rightly said, poverty or riches, in other words "whatever be the circumstances".

It is also interesting to note that when Jesus spoke these words, the very disciples who had left everything had asked, "who then can be saved."
The rich young man was rich, both materialistically as well as rich in good works. While the former can make him depend on the arm of flesh, while the latter can rob him of the poverty of spirit without which no man can see God, i.e. know God, i.e. have eternal life.

But trusting God, all situations can propel us towards God and help us live a life bringing joy to God and glorifying HIM.