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Breathe Deep

April 11, 2012

The drive from AAM to our driveway takes 23 minutes (27 minutes if I park on the north end) and usually takes place at either 12:00 midnight or 2:00am. It doesn’t seem like a long time; and yet, it’s during this drive that the most interesting cogitations are brought forth. It’s always a time of prayer and on most nights, by the time i pull into the driveway, the topic at hand has taken a completely unexpected turn. Last night, the following passages came to mind:

Job 12:9-10 “who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.

Daniel 5:22-23 “And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; (He knew full well how God had worked in the life of his father and considered it not)
But hast lifted up thyself against the LORD of heaven: and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified.”

Every single breath is a gift and every single moment that we remain in this theater of atoms is evidence of a God who is longsuffering and compassionate. We’ve all heard people say “Well how could a loving God allow so much pain and suffering?” The proper way of viewing it is quite different. Whenever we see one commiting injustice and seeming to get away with it, we are, in fact witnessing the Lord being merciful to that soul. At any moment, he can say “that was your final act of disobediance;” much as he did to Belshazzar. (When the writing was on the wall, it was all over) No matter how many days a person has in this world, when the moment of departure arrives, the only thing that matters is whether or not; their name appears in the book of life. Every earthly agenda and trapping loses its significance in that moment.

I know; it seems simple; until I began considering how many times my words are not pleasing to the Lord. How many individual breaths have I used to speak foolishness or engage in what many would consider to be small talk? Each one was an individual gift and yet, they were used in a manner that wasn’t glorifying to the Lord. If Psalm 90:12 adminishes to number our days, perhaps it’s necessary to break it down even further and consider each individual moment. As I was driving home, I began to consider how much of my conversation is given to carnal things. Not things that we would necessarily consider to be bad; just things that are not heavenly oriented. The inventory wasn’t a pleasing one and I’m determined to make the necessary corrections.

I recently heard a story about Sarina Wurmbrand. (She was the wife of Richard wurmbrand) It was said of Sarina, that no matter what a person began to talk to her about, she would always bring the conversation around to Jesus. If you said, “Some weather we’re having” or “did you hear about the latest goings on is such and such a place” or “how is the family doing” she would always manage to steer the conversation toward Jesus and issues of eternal significance. How many times have I allowed casual conversations ramble on endlessly until the opportunity closed? It’s as though we comparmentalize our life. We go to work and talk primarily about work related issues. We go to a family reunion and talk primarily about goings on in the lives of loved ones. While in each setting, we may strive to share Jesus, more often than not, it’s on the back burner.

The thrust of our conversation will “always” reveal what we consider important and what we only talk about ‘when the topic arises.”

Matthew 12:36-37 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgement.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

So serious is the issue. So short is the allotment of days that we have. When I think of how much time I have squandered, it’s depressing. Each of us have a distinct number of breaths which can be used either for good or evil. With time nearing its end and each of us burning through our allotment of breaths at this very moment, we all must give thought to how we utilize our moments.

Blessings always in Jesus name.

Acts 17:24-25 “God that made the world and all thingsd therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshipped with mens hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;”

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