Tag Archives: Wisdom

Dusting off the blog

Dusting off a blog is a challenging endeavour.

Just facing up to the technical bits ‘n bobs is an obstacle. That’s because logging in to the back-end of a website for the first time in months is likely to unleash a deluge of notifications and warnings, amidst which the jetsam and flotsam of add-on updates and widget upgrades swirl and jostle, bobbing in a sea of spam. Only the most resolute of minds actual logs in.

And that’s the easy part. Thing is, whilst blog posts are written one at a time, effective blogging is about the cultivation of an audience. Sporadic fits and starts simply don’t cut the mustard. Just don’t do it if you don’t have something to say, they say, by which they mean something sustained and meaningful to say. And, of course, the time and energy to say it.

In this my heart and mind are sorely exercised.  It’s time! The Gospel, in a general sense, provides a limitless fount of meaningful things to say. But much more to the point, the Gospel, in a specific sense, is a limitless fount of meaningfulness to us today, in our situation. We live in urgent times. Defining times. Critical times. Difficult times. Everybody knows that something must be done. Many even know what others should do. Yet the question that cuts to the heart of the matter as does scalpel in surgeon’s hand is, “what should I/we do?” My thesis is that the Gospel, through the Scriptures, answers that question emphatically.

Such a claim is either delusion and/or arrogance, or revelation. If it’s revelation, it’s voice will echo and be echoed. The choir will grow, each contribution unique, but on key and in tune. Watch this space, and you decide. All I ask is that if you find your faith stirred, yield and obey. As the Psalmist has said in 110:3a (ESV), “Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power”. If this be that day, may we be those people!

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What is that in your hand?

“What it that in your hand?” What a profound question! When the Lord asked it of Moses, he was in the wilderness after comprehensively missing out on his destiny. Or so it seemed.

His answer was nothing unusual for a rural shepherd – a staff. But that staff went on to do some amazing things. Amongst other things, that staff went on to provoke Pharaoh and his conjurers, part the Red Sea, and bring water from a rock. Not too shabby for the old stick of an old stick.

Here’s the deal: The ordinary things in our hands are able to accomplish extraordinary things, not because we are extraordinary, but because in turn are in His hand. To then build on the thought: The burning bush was Heaven’s initiative, and Moses’ simple response in taking a closer look saw his life turned right-way-up. How much more, then, will our response to the death and resurrection of Jesus turn our lives right-way-up.

Truth is, none of us are empty handed in the ultimate sense. In fact, in Christ all things are ours! That is why understanding these things opens an endless fountain of gratitude, hope, opportunity and wisdom. We are those who can always find the way forward, for the death and resurrection of Jesus is our perennial burning bush, and God’s question to Moses is as pertinent to us as it ever was to him.

So, what is that in your hand?

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