Bible Ballistics: BBs #524 Blessings On Your Day!!!
Just a brief word this morning to encourage us all as we press on with and for Jesus. I pray that we will always find ourselves being that “iron sharpening iron” to strengthen and help one another on our journey with Jesus!
“Iron sharpeneth iron;
so a man sharpeneth the countenance
of his friend.
18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree
shall eat the fruit thereof:
so he that waiteth on his master
shall be honoured.
19 As in water face answereth to face,
so the heart of man to man.” Proverbs 27:17-19
While Proverbs is written as “tidbits” of wisdom, and they don’t always come in order, these three verses seemed to flow, so I’ve shared all three.
I love the picture of iron sharpening iron—the thought that sometimes when we need sharpening it comes through conflict! When you sharpen something, two pieces of metal must encounter each other, and that’s sometimes painful. I know I have needed the sharpening of a friend sometimes, but sometimes God has used those who weren’t my friends, to show me my shortcomings and/or sin; and while that is painful and totally humbling—it is a necessary part of our spiritual growth and maturing in our walk of faith and obedience.
We also see a picture of horticulture—tending to the living things and then sharing in the joy and delight of seeing them grow—in the earth as well as in the lives that we are able to influence to growth, fruitful service, and joy—all done in faithful service to our Master and Lord!
And in closing we have the privilege of serving The Lord and each other as if we are looking in the water and seeing our reflection. In talking about this very thing, James reminds us that we must keep our eyes on Jesus without forgetting what He has shown us, but receiving and heeding His Word with an earnest desire to be “doers of the word”.
“But be ye doers of the word,
and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word,
and not a doer,
he is like unto a man
beholding his natural face
in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself,
and goeth his way,
and straightway forgetteth
what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh
into the perfect law of liberty,
and continueth therein,
he being not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the work,
this man shall be blessed
in his deed.” James 1:22-25
May we strive today to live and walk in His Word and be that iron sharpening—helping others, and receiving the sharpening that God sends to us! Amen and Amen!
“Order my steps
in thy word:
and let not any iniquity
have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133