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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Probing

In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears. (Edith Wharton) It takes probing to discover - for all "looking" is only as good as the ability to "see". You've heard the old adage that seeing is believing. Believing begins with catching sight of something - if even just a tiny fleck of truth is caught, it has the potential to influence all our actions. I don't think we realize the potential in one tiny thought, or the simplest budding of truth in our lives. Yet, if we really stop to consider that tiny thought, it can be the very thing that consumes or launches us into new heights.

The Scriptures say, “Our lives are like the grass of spring, and any glory we enjoy is like the beauty of a wildflower. The grass dries up and dies, and the flower falls to the ground. But the word of the Lord lasts forever.” And that word is the Good News that was told to you. (1 Peter 1:24-25 ERV)

Everyday is a chance to learn new truth, to embrace new beauty, to let go of the old and embrace the new. Yet, we often gloss over truth as though it were going to be there for us to "refer back to". If truth is not used, it can be lost in the muddle of all the other stuff we eventually are exposed to in this lifetime. God wants us to constantly return time and time again to his Word - not because he wants this to be a ritual, but because he knows truth needs to be renewed within us from time to time before we have a chance to cover it up with all this other input.

All other "truth" withers away - it doesn't give us lasting hope or credible faith. It is the truth which God gives through scripture and times alone with him that endures. It is renewed day after day - not because he is giving "new words" to add to the scripture, but because he is opening our eyes afresh to the truth contained within. This is even the case where we have embraced a truth already - for all truth can grow as our understanding is nurtured. 

How often and with what tenacity we "probe deeper" into the scriptures often determines the depth of the understanding we will obtain. We don't achieve understanding - it is obtained by the grace of God exposing little pieces of truth, one upon another, until we have grasped that truth fully. We cannot discount time alone with God, for it is the beginning of wisdom. Just sayin!