Bible Ballistics: Vol. 11 No. 23 Hummingbird Theology???
I love to watch the birds outside of my window. I have a birdseed feeder and a hummingbird feeder, and I love watching the birds that God created and enjoying their beauty, and learning from them. The hummingbirds fascinate me; they come again and again and take as much as they need and then return for more, as they need it. Sometimes they feed at one tap and leave, and other times a hummingbird will go to every tap on the feeder at one time. As I was watching them this morning, I couldn’t help but think about our spiritual life like the birds and the feeder. Whose feeder are we feasting at?
“Wherefore laying aside
and all guile,
and all evil speakings,
2 As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have tasted
that the Lord is gracious.
4 To whom coming,
as unto a living stone,
disallowed indeed of men,
but chosen of God,
5 Ye also,
as lively stones,
are built up
a spiritual house,
an holy priesthood,
to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:1-5
If you notice, this passage begins with a “Wherefore”, which means we always ask ‘What’s it there for?’ (Any time the verse starts with a ‘therefore’ or a ‘wherefore’). Well, it simply means that we need to look back to see what was said earlier—so let’s do just that.
“Being born again,
not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible,
by the word of God,
and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass,
and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth,
and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord
endureth for ever.
And this is the word
which by the gospel
is preached unto you.” 1 Peter 1:23-25
We can grow in the Lord when we feast on “the sincere milk of the word”, and to do that we must spend time in The Word—just like that hummingbird—we must keep going back for the sustenance of life—The Word of God, which brings growth because it is the “word of the Lord” and it “liveth and abideth for ever”! Just like the new birth that Jesus imparts to us when we are born again “of God”! God’s Word is truth always, and it will help us to discern between truth and lies! And it is the standard of God’s judgment along with the blood of Jesus! (And remember that Jesus not only inspired the written Word, HE IS THE LIVING WORD!)
For the word of God is
and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder
of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner
of the thoughts
of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature
that is not manifest
in his sight:
but all things
unto the eyes of him
with whom we have to do.“ Hebrews 4:12-13
God’s Word encourages us by discernment and bringing truth to light! It’s not just the judgment of God –which it includes—but it also leads us to Jesus, the Lord of Calvary for “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”! Our part is to respond in faith not only to the Gospel for salvation, but also to The Word of God and it’s ability to help us grow in grace and truth as we feast on it continually—just like that little hummingbird, he isn’t very big, but he gets the job done!
to shew thyself
approved unto God,
that needeth not
to be ashamed,
the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Paul goes on to instruct his young charge, Timothy, even further to rely on the value of God’s Word.
“And that from a child
thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise
which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration
and is profitable
for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God
may be perfect,
unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17
How valuable to us to know that God’s Word is what we need; and while there are those who question and even deny the veracity of The Bible, we can stand fast “in the evil day” knowing that The Word of God is God’s love letter to His children—those who are born again—as well as the conduit of God’s Spirit working in our world to bring people to the cross! It truly is “the word of the Lord” and it surely “endureth for ever”! “Praise God from whom all blessings flow” (Doxology by Thomas Ken), and I’ll praise Him forever for His Word, and the best way to praise Him for His Word is to read and study it faithfully, continually and purposefully!
Remembering that God’s Word is:
Profitable for—not in $ but in truth and character—
Doctrine—truth for living—
Reproof—showing us what is wrong—
Correction—making the wrong right—
Instruction in Righteousness—prevention!
God’s Word helps us be all that God created us to be, and I love what Job says; it is something that I pray will ever be the desire of my heart. How about you?
“But he knoweth the way that I take:
when he hath tried me,
I shall come forth as gold.
11 My foot hath held
have I kept, and not declined.
12 Neither have I gone back
from the commandment of his lips;
I have esteemed the words
of his mouth
more than my necessary food.” Job 23:10-12
As we desire and feast on His Word, may the words of the Psalmist reverberate in our hearts—as we put The Word “in mine heart”!
“Thy word have I hid
in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.
12 Blessed art thou, O LORD:
teach me thy statutes.” Psalm 119:11-12
As we hide God’s Word “in mine heart”, I believe the Psalmist would relate to a common adage we hear today (based on this very principle), “The Word will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from The Word!” The choice is yours and mine, yet it is a continual battle (as Paul talks about in Ephesians 6:10+) to maintain our focus on Jesus and His Word, but it is more than worth the effort. As I’ve been accused of in the past, “You only have one song!” —And may it ever be said of me that I only sing HIS song, for it’s Jesus and His cross, the only way to God and true life!
“And I, brethren,
when I came to you,
came not with excellency of speech
or of wisdom,
declaring unto you the testimony
2 For I determined
not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ,
and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-2
It’s all about Jesus, and I pray that you will join me in committing to draw near to Him continually. May we single-mindedly pursue Christ Jesus in all our ways. How? By keeping our eyes on HIM!!!
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” John 14:6
And while Jesus is truly the “only way” to God for salvation, He is also the “only way” that we can live the victorious Christian life! He came that we might have abundant and victorious life in this world as well as the next!
“Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name
given among men,
whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Jesus said it best:
“The thief cometh not,
but for to steal,
and to kill,
and to destroy:
I am come
that they might have life,
and that they might have it
11 I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd giveth his life
for the sheep.” John 10:10-11
“I am the vine,
ye are the branches:
He that abideth in me,
and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
Remember the hummingbird—and stay at God’s feeder—The Word of God!!!
Amen and Amen!