Chamber’s reminds me today, and yesterday too, to quench not the spirit.
Quench: to put out the light or fire of ; to suddenly immerse in cold water; to cool
We do this by “despising the chastening of the Lord; by fainting when we are rebuked by Him”. What does that mean? It means that we do not accept the direction we are given by God and Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
In today’s society we are taught that the still small voice that we hear is our conscience. Rightly so, if a person does not know the Lord, they will not be able to decipher that voice within. The voice remains the Holy Spirit, yet, without understanding there is no recognition. How, you ask does one not know that the Holy Spirit exisits in this day and age, in America and the modern countries of the world?
A very good question. Society in our day allows it’s people to decide the validity of things and concepts by choice. As silly as it sounds one nolonger needs to believe in anything…if you do not believe in chairs, well then…I realize that is an extreme and silly. However, really what is the difference? In the modern forward thinking society we refuse to believe certain things, because we choose to refuse to accept the responsibility of that choice or thing.
When I was young and immature I believed that a child did not need a father in their life, especially a female child. I believe I was about 15 when I had this epiphany. Today, as an adult, I am forced to reconcile my fatherless childhood issues. I must find the roots of all of my emotional and personality issues, so as to be well in my adult life. I must reconcile these happenings of the young Hopeannfaith, so that the adult does not follow the generational, hereditary steps of the alcoholic’s, addict’s and mentally ill in the family trees.
Thankfully I have filled the Father position in my life with God the Father. I work daily, diligently and exhaustively to remain in the will of God, now. Yet, I weary, and this indulgence quenches the Spirit in me. When I weary and become indulged in me I cease to hear the direction of the Spirit of God within me. I quiet the Voice and begin to spin. A Whirling dervish if ever there was one.
Prayer is not the only key to “seek first the Kingdom”, there is work to be done. There is also scripture that says to eat we must work. To feed upon the Word, we must work, we must seek…When we thirst and hunger for God we hear His voice, through His Word, from His people, in our heads…When we weary we often are too tired to be hungry and thirsty, we decide we can rest in our seeking.
God knows our hearts, right? The Word says He does…but do we? When we are weary do we truly know our hearts…or are we just justifying and indulging in self pity? For me it is justified self pity.
So I step back and begin again. I go back, the quickest way to get back on track, often times. What did the Spirit teach me, direct me?
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.