Tuesday, October 18, 2016

begin to really live

Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.

This verse came through my email yesterday.  As I read through the devotion it was attached to there were several things that stuck out to me.  Deep in my heart are some truths that begin and end the verse.

Simple can be a disturbing word but also a good one.  I desire to live a simple life, but in this verse simple means an absence or distance from the truth of God.  No, our faith is not complicated.  But making the choice to keep your distance from God makes a person simple minded and ignorant.

When we leave the simple and find good judgment, we find the great path that God has for us.  This is a real step-by-step process.  One choice leads to another that leads to consequences.  Some times the outcome is good and other times bad.

Something changed after I first shared this verse as I reexamined the middle.  It talks about beginning to live.  It implies a life of bondage or being held back or immature.  When we choose faith, we begin to live.

Let’s put this in perspective by looking at a few other translation of this verse:

Tree of Life version
Abandon your foolish ways and live! Walk in the way of understanding.

Revised Standard Version
Leave simpleness, and live, and walk in the way of insight.

New Century Version
Stop your foolish ways, and you will live; take the road of understanding.

The Message
Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning.

No matter the first or the last part of the verse and it’s translation, the middle stays in the same vain.  Living comes from right thinking and great choices.

Leave your confusion.  Stop being foolish.  Abandon the wrong way.  Begin to walk a new direction.  Live with great insight.  Accept understand.  Live life with meaning or purpose.

All of that happens when we really live.  I pray that my life isn’t wasted, that it counts.  I pray my life and my family and our church choose to really live.  Life is intended, by God’s making and His grace, to be lived.

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

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