Friday, March 29, 2013

Consider The Lily

     I read a Scripture recently that said,
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these." Luke 12:27

So I decided to consider the lilies, or The lily. Here is another Scripture about The lily of the valley.

" I am the rose of Sharon, The lily of the valleys." Song of Solomon 2:1. Many commentators believe this is about Christ, our Bridegroom. In light of this Easter season, I want to reflect on this.

Consider The Lily

Christ The Lily...
Purist flower...
Of lowly estate.
Bowed His incarnate head.
Blood flowed from Your beautiful brow...
Down the rough boards.
Splinters pierced the purest petals.
From head bowed low...
Blood sprinkled on the ground.
To seek out the valley of death and pain...
Where I live.
The Lily...
Grew from the valley...
Among the thorns.
To cover and to hide me.
In my shame...
My sin was dirty.
It stained the lily.
He condescended in His low estate.
The shadow of the cruel cross...
This covering shadow.
Where He applies His righteousness.
Clothes me in this righteousness...
I am a beautiful, new...
A re-born flower..
I inhale a sweet fragrance...
The fragrance of pardon.
The fragrance of life...
Eternal life.
Here in this valley...
I lift my head to...
Give praise...
Give thanks...
So I will....
Consider The Lily.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Is keeping God's Word as precious as your eyesight?

In reading my daily Proverb, I read this verse:

" Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye." Proverbs 7:2 (NASB)
Here is an interesting translation of the same verse:
"Obey my commands so that you may live. Follow my teachings just as you protect the pupil of your eye." (God's Word translation)

     I used to work in the eye care business. So I have studied a lot about the eye. God has provided many ways to protect the iris and the pupil of the eye. This would be considered the "apple" of the eye. God created us to have an eyelid that will blink and come down over the eye. We have eyelashes that can catch things that may come into the eye. Our hand flies up to protect our eyes. Many different ways to protect this important part of our bodies. Even the eyes capability to dilate when too much light comes in is a natural defense mechanism that God gave us. We wear goggles when we work in jobs where something could fly into our eyes. When we are outside, some of us wear polarized sunglasses to protect our eyes.

     Last night I was watching the T.V. show "Survivor". A man got sand in his eye that scratched his cornea. He became so concerned about this that he asked for a Doctor to come and take a look at his eye. The Doctor stressed that she wanted to take him out of the game to be able to treat his eye. He made the interesting comment, " This game is not more important than my eyesight!".

So an all important question in light of this verse is:

Are we following God's teachings as closely as we protect our eyes?

We wouldn't deliberately stick something in our eye! We would not jab a pencil into our eye!

But...

Some of us deliberately choose to ignore God's teachings. Or we willfully break one of God's commandments.

Just as our eyesight is precious to us, God's Word and His teachings should be precious to us.

The next time you start to sin think about an apple... The apple of your eye.