Month: September 2017
Two record breaking hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, occurred within a two-week period and both brought death and destruction. With heavy hearts and awe, we witnessed the mind-blowing power of water. Heroic government officials, first responders, and brave reporters willingly saw it firsthand for our benefit. Thousands of residents had a front row seat as they remained in their homes for various reasons.
Millions are now rebuilding lives, homes, and properties destroyed.
Water has the power to lay waste to everything in its path. Right?
Take a look at this 32 second video. Listen to the force of the water as you watch and think of this question:
Is there anything that water cannot destroy?
The obvious answer would be, no.
But there is one thing that water cannot extinguish. One thing the floods cannot drown.
God says love cannot be quenched or drowned.
Follow me on the it’s meaning trail:
Quench, mentioned here, means kabah in Hebrew and means:
- to expire
- to extinguish
As defined in the dictionary means:
Drown, means, shataph, in Hebrew meaning:
- to inundate
- to suffocate by submersion esp. in water
If water is as powerful as what we’ve witnessed in the recent hurricanes and as mighty as the video shown above, how powerful then must love be?
The love, ahabah (derived from ahab and aheb) used here, means affection and is used in the following examples:
- between man and wife
- between friends
- between parents and their children
- between families
- between all men
Notice no one is excluded here.
- tender attachment
Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)
The power of many waters cannot overcome love. Floods cannot overpower it.
With so much division in our country, God’s word reminds us there is something that nothing can destroy.
The best of humanity is so often brought out during the worst of times. In the rising waters, love is conquering. Neighbor is helping neighbor without regard for the color of their skin, their religion, or their political party.
Love sees past that.
While the force of many waters is fresh in our minds and compassion is bursting in our hearts, let us never forget the God given power that lies in every single one of us:
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If you peeked through my quiet time journals to God over the past six years you’ll find this prayer:
“Give me perpetual brokenheartedness.”
Why, you may ask, would I pray for a broken heart when I should be praying for God to heal my heart?
In short, Psalm 51:17
I discovered this beautiful verse at a time when my heart was broken. I wanted the excruciating pain to go away and for my heart to be mended. Once and for all.
A more in depth look at the meaning of despise, years later brought a whole new perspective for me.
“…a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
Despise, in Hebrew, means:
to refuse to accept
I could have said this much simpler, but I wanted you to see it as I did. In other words, this broken and contrite heart, is the very thing – the sacrifice – we are to bring to Him. And when we do, He promises He will not despise it. He will not turn it away.
What a beautiful promise and one I so desperately need. The truth is, God should have turned me away.
Praying a prayer like this however, comes at a price. We all know those who go through life with their heads in the sand. Why? Because, “ignorance is bliss,” right? Well, not so fast. God’s word has a lot to say about ignorance and it isn’t pretty.
My heart was suffocating from a lifetime of building walls around it, but I kind of liked the numbness.
Our hearts should feel and be tender but if I am being honest, I don’t always want mine to. In ways, it was easier when my heart was hard. I didn’t feel so much or so deeply.
Ezekiel 11:19 says,
“And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh.”
God did that for me on February 14, 2011 but everyday since I’ve been on guard to keep the stones out.
I write today from this place of raw emotion. Like a wound that burns when air hits it and like a wound, sometimes it needs to be exposed in order to heal.
If you have wounds that burn today may God bring healing in the midst of the pain. Please don’t try to cover it up. Instead, tell it to Jesus…
How do you keep a tender heart before God and others?
With my whole heart,