Do You Swipe Or Dip?
“And let your instruction be sound and fit and wise and wholesome, vigorous and irrefutable and above censure, so that the opponent may be put to shame, finding nothing discrediting or evil to say about us.”
~ Titus 2:8
When I recently used my credit card I noticed that new credit card key pads had been installed at all the check-out counters.
I thought nothing more about the changeover until this week, when my husband received a notice that he was going to receive a new credit card that would contain a chip.
It seems that most of the United States have been a little behind times compared to the other parts of the world regarding high-tech credit card chips. Therefore, as a rule, many Americans are still using the swipe method when other countries appear to be using the dip the chip method.
Currently the American credit card providers are busily producing and mailing the new cards to the consumer's, but also including specific instructions regarding how to “dip the chip” instead of “swipe”. The more explicit the instructions are, the easier the transition will be for the consumers.
Do you find yourself performing a quick “swipe” of the dust from off the top of your Bible? Or do you slow down and allow time to “dip” slowly and deeply into the Bible where God's people will find His instructions? Proverbs states to: “Apply your mind to instruction and correction and your ears to words of knowledge”. In 1 Peter: “...the Word of the Lord (divine instruction, the Gospel) endures forever. And this Word is the good news which was preached to you”.
An example of specific instructions from Jesus was when He taught the followers about worry. Webster's Dictionary describes worry as: “to torment oneself with disturbing thoughts”. In Matthew, Jesus told the people to not to worry about everyday life, that His Father knows their needs, and they will be provided for day by day if they put Him first and foremost. The view of God's instructions for people can be obstructed when they worry about today.
Paul taught explicit instructions via letters to the various churches', leaders, and Christians regarding how they should live every day. Paul never quickly swiped his pen across the parchment as he wrote. Rather, He boldly dipped his pen deeply into the ink well and the power of the Good News was written. Those words continue to live on even today. He encouraged the people to have God's purpose in their life. They were told to run with perseverance and persistence, and to not get discouraged in the race because the prize is eternal life!
Why not swipe away worry and discouragement by living each day trusting that the Lord knows your needs. Try dipping your mind deeply into the Bible's instructions, and strive to live your life that will please Him.
Thelma Wells stated: “Whether things are good or bad, happy or sad, difficult or easy, you're in the middle of a God-ordained adventure that changes day by day--sometimes second by second”.
Lord God, thank You for Your Word. Help us to continually have the desire to run the race tirelessly and by constantly glorifying You. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington