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Deep Water….

June 18, 2012

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep water, a gushing torrent, a fountain of wisdom.” Proverbs 18:4

Deep water – the place of “deep” is a place far below the surface…a place where vision may be obscured but yet revealed; a place you must dive down to; a place like no other. In this verse the writer of Proverbs is exploring the notion that a fountain of wisdom is found in “deep water”. Wisdom that comes gushing forth from a torrent of words far below the surface of how things seem. 

In our world we spend to0 much time floating around and talking “surfacey talk”….talk that is general chit-chat with no real meaning and just idly passes our time. This type of talk is based on “how are things going” ….”did you hear bout this”……”can you believe that….”. To me this is the most boring of conversations. It doesn’t change anyone’s life and often leads into gossip which is a sin and very destructive. Idle chatter floats on the surface of our lives…we need to go to “deep water”.

Jesus not only taught with wisdom but taught from “deep water”.  The biblical writer Luke relays the story of Jesus teaching from the boat of Simon Peter in Luke 5:1-11…. “he said to Peter, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered,‘We’ve worked hard all night long, Rabbi, and haven’t caught a thing! But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets.’ They did this and took in so many fish that their nets began to tear. So they motioned to their partners in other boats to come and help them; and they came and filled both boats to the point of sinking. When he saw this, Simon Peter fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Get away from me, sir, because I’m a sinner.’ For astonishment had seized him and everyone with him at the catch of fish they had taken.”

Going into the “deep water” transformed Simon Peter from that day forth. Jesus literally used  “deep water”   to reveal to Peter his mission for life..to catch many fish (men) for God and to help Peter assemble the team that would help him in this endeavor of heaven.  Today this same “deep water”  reveals Jesus’ teachings to be as the writer of Proverbs described…“a gushing torrent of wisdom”…wisdom we need  to always follow!

I encourage you today to get past surface talk….listen deeply and intently to what people are saying, what is below the surface of their thoughts…draw your words and thoughts from the deep  waters of God’s word…these are the real words of wisdom and life. “These deep waters” will help reveal our missions and purpose in this world and help us become encouragers to others  like Jesus was to Peter! From the “deep water” will come God’s dream team for the days ahead!

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. G. Chandler permalink
    June 18, 2012 4:13 pm

    Great word! I would like the world better if everyone would listen to you.
    Love you!
    Gary

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