For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.
1 Corinthians 4:20 (ESV)
The church needed a new fax machine. An email thread was circulating among various church leaders. A deacon wrote the specifications of the machine. The information technology person wrote that it was in stock at the store. Someone else said that we need to hurry up if we are going to buy it because that model doesn’t stay around long. Then the associate pastor reminded the group that if we hurry we can catch the treasurer before she goes home for the day. Someone else asked about the return policy on the machine. Then someone else asked how the church could ensure only proper use of the machine. The emails went on for a few more minutes. A lot of typing was happening, but no one was buying the machine.
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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
I remember last year during a football game one of the few times that the Tennessee Titans were driving to the goal. In the middle of a play, the screen went totally blank. I pressed the on-button on my remote control and watched nothing happen. I jumped up and ran to the television to press some buttons on the TV. Nothing happened. The screen sat blank, and I was missing the game. Upon examination of the room, I saw that the television was plugged into the power strip. It was plugged in but it was dead. Read more ›
Wade In The Water
Wade In The Water, Children
Wade In The Water
God’s Gonna Trouble The Water
We are in a world that seems so unpredictable. Our weather experts seem to only get it right sometimes and even then only partially right. The news is full of unpredictable things. The war that breaks out that seems to be out of our control. The automobile accident where someone else causes the accident that kills the family. The gunman who seems to want to cause hurt and pain. Even the winner of the sports team eludes us as many seek to make money predicting who will win the game. All of these things force us to face the reality that we just don’t know what is going to happen.
Just A Little Predictability
But this spiritual comes in with a little predictability in a world that cannot be predicted. The singer encourages us to go down into the water. Go down into the water because God is going to trouble the water. God is going to make God’s presence known in that water.
Bible students know that this spiritual is using imagery of the crippled man who was trying to get into the water when it was troubled. (John 5:7). The Bible story provides us with some interesting things for contemplation. First, the Spiritual is based in the rumor that something divine comes to this pool. You know when you are at your wits end, all you can do is place yourself where God has shown up in the past. The singer of the Spiritual encourages us to go down to where we heard God has shown up in the past. We have heard of healing happening there. We have heard people getting blessed there, so go show up there to get the blessing that God has for you.
Stay In The Water
Another interesting point is that in the Bible story the healing came to the one who was first in the water when the shaking of the water happened. The singer doesn’t want to wait until the troubling happens before jumping in the water. The singer wants you to “camp out” in the water. The singer wants you to be there before the troubling happens so that you can fully experience that “troubling of the water.”
Today in this unpredictable world, the singer of this Spiritual tells us to go where we know that God has worked in the past and then wait for the troubling. And ultimately the singer is sure that God is not only gonna show up, but God is gonna “trouble the water.”
Holy Father of all Humanity, we recognize our total and complete dependence on you. We recognize that we don’t know what will happen in this world and thus we are totally dependent on your working for and through us. Oh Lord, we really don’t know where to go to receive they blessing so we humbly beg that you would come by the places where you have met us in the past and please give us your blessing that you have given to others. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.