Listening to Grace

Posted: June 16, 2017 in Perspective
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God Rocks

Recently, I was sitting around the dinner table with seven of the kids in the boy’s home we work at. It was evening snack and bible time. These boys are ages 7 to 14, so we mixed some fun bible trivia questions (and prizes of course) with our topic for the night – God’s Grace. One of the questions I asked them was to describe what God’s grace meant to them. I was amazed when almost every boy made their answer personal and began sharing their description of His grace from their own perspective. Words like strength, forgiveness, hope, freedom, love, help, something we get that we don’t deserve… and others came from their hearts. I was greatly blessed, that without prompting, they chose to share what God’s grace meant to them personally. Each of these boys have experienced very difficult circumstances before coming here. Each of their stories are different and unique, so it would reason that their personal grasp and understanding of what God’s grace means to them would also be different; a reflection of their own unique story and how they’ve experienced God’s intervention. Very cool!

As I listened to them share, I was reminded how powerful it is when we move from just Freedomreading the bible like it’s a good novel, to actually making it personal; engaging it from the perspective of our own life experiences. Reading the bible becomes life changing when we choose to ‘listen’ to the words we read as if God was speaking directly to us in the midst of our circumstances, because He is. The bible is God’s autobiography, written by inspiration, to us. It’s His ‘love letter’ to a people with hearts desperate for genuine, unconditional love. This personal perspective of God’s Word is the goal of The Doggy Bag Devotional; to help us ‘listen’ to what God is saying to our circumstances, our hurts, our questions and our fears, in a way we can understand… in a way that floods our thirsty hearts with the ‘living waters’ of His great love.  


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DAY’s 3 and 4 of each week’s study in The Doggy Bag Devotional is focused on gleaning from a Keyword/Multiple Translations study. We take a few important words from the reference scripture and we define them, using the original Greek/Hebrew text. In many cases, the direct translation into English doesn’t give quite the depth of meaning needed, when looking at it from just a one word interpretation. Here’s an example:

Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’ (KJV)

Let’s take a look at the word ‘wait’. For many of us, the word ‘wait’ has a connotation of a pause, stopping until something happens, a delay or hold-up. In the original Greek text, ‘wait’ is qavah’ (verb). Along with our usual English understanding of the word ‘wait’, ‘qavah’ also encompasses a sense of yearning, anticipation or eagerly looking for something.

Similarly, when we look at this scripture from the perspective a couple different bible translations, the word ‘qavah’ has also been interpreted to be ‘trust’ or ‘hope’; which can reflect a deeper sense of expectancy.

So, placing ‘trust’ and/or ‘hope’ in the place of ‘wait’ in the above scripture,

  • But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength…’ (original)
  • ‘But they trust in the Lord shall renew their strength…’
  • ‘But they that place their hope in the Lord shall renew their strength…’

Combining our unique life experiences and how each of our brains are ‘wired’ a bit different, we wouldn’t all connect the same way with the word ‘wait’. For some of us ‘trust’ or ‘hope’ would resonate within our hearts better. Again, reading the bible becomes life changing when we choose to ‘listen’ to the words we read as if God was speaking directly to us. Speaking in such a way that connects with the uniqueness of how He’s created us and sheds light into the shadows of our circumstances.

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  1. Rhonda says:

    This made me see the word wait in a different way. I do not like to wait, I am very impatient. To look at the word wait as if we are yearning or anticipating gives the word wait a hopeful meaning.

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