(Discovering Inspired Religious Treasures)
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
If you are part of a racing team or family which camp out at the AWRCS races in order to race on both Saturday and Sunday, then you have seen some incredible, starry and beautiful night skies. Think about one of those heavenly nights and listen to an interesting fact about the Hebrew language. The Hebrew word for heaven is always plural: shamayim. The word for earth is always singular: aretz. The earth is the physical realm and, although expansive, it is finite. Heaven is the spiritual realm and it is infinite. Because the physical is limited, no matter how many earthly things you possess, they will never complete you or fill you. You are a spiritual being; that is how God created you. Only by seeking the spiritual can you be complete.
It has been said that we are created with a God-shaped vacuum within us and we must invite God into our lives in order to experience existence as the complete spiritual being we are called to be. So, a life which focuses upon physical things is a life which is full of limitations and incompleteness. However, if we can empty ourselves of the desires for physical things and seek after the spiritual ways of God we can be filled to overflowing.
Now understand, we live in the physical realm, therefore, we need and must deal with physical things. We live in this world, BUT we do not have to be of this world. The idea here is to place our focus on the things above, the spiritual things of God and receive God’s blessings. Unlimited blessings!
The Apostle Paul wrote the following to the church at Philippi:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (4:8,9)
Prayer: Lord, we pray that You help us to focus on the spiritual so we grow closer to You. Our desire is to walk within Your perfect will. We cannot do that if we cling too tightly to the things of this world. May we seek the spiritual, unlimited blessings of our faithful and loving God. In Jesus’ name now and forever, Amen.
See you at the AWRCS Races,
Pastor Al Kimmel, RFC Chaplain (#006)