Monday, December 15, 2014

Stir - 16th Day of Advent

Stir - to move, or cause to move slightly.

Isaiah 64 goes into rather a bit of detail as to where humanity got off track with God, and asks that God forgive us, and remember that He is the potter and we are the clay.  The first Advent here was possibly God's response to the prayer.  And if we look at our society today, we'll likely find that we are equally, if not more, off the track that God set us on - and again, we celebrate this Advent, knowing that God will send His Son to us again.

Then when we look at 2 Timothy 1:6, "Therefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God which is in thee through the putting on of my hands."  Perhaps we forget that God is within us, and maybe a little stirring is needed to remind us of our path; to remember that as the Christians we choose to be, it is God's will we most want to follow.

And because God works in and through each of us, we never know when we will be called upon to speak God's words to another - to make a difference in their lives, their thinking, their hearts - to stir them to actions that will be pleasing in the sight of God.

Stir, while it can be used as a noun, is here a verb; an action to be taken, and a change to be made.  At the same time, stirring can be a gentle action, beginning gradually and slowly speeding up, allowing for adjustments to be more easily accepted over time; or it can be a fast whirlpool, quickly begun and quickly ended.  Pray for guidance if you feel you need to stir someone up - God will let you know how fast to go, and the words to reach their hearts.

This song, while entitled Consuming Fire, ends with the words:  Stir it up in our hearts Lord, A passion for Your Name.

Activity for the Day:  Be a good neighbor!  Bake something and share.  Help out with chores (possibly shoveling a walk? walking a dog?).  

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