Sunday, February 21, 2016
Coffee & Jesus
Year 4-Day 52: I am grateful for the coffee & Jesus in the morning combination.
Outside of a wake-up "Good morning, Lord." as I roll out of bed... and the fleeting thought of "I wonder what you have planned for us today?" Coffee comes first.
Coffee is a ritual. It is a routine. Don't tell the rest of me, but ...sometimes... I even start with decaf if I know I will be drinking more throughout the day. I try to use some common sense with caffeine and too much is too much. I don't like the feeling of being wired. I do need the warm, cozy of my cup of java. It gets me ready for Jesus.
I am a morning person...but one who needs coffee.
Coffee and Jesus...a craving. One for the body and one for the soul. I decided to look up "crave" in my bible. It is not used often. Here is the passage I found:
Proverbs 21:25-27 states: The desire of the sluggard kills him,
Humans...each unique in our soul breath...crave things. What will I choose to crave today.
I knew that the New Testament had a "crave" but it didn't show up in my ESV translation...so I went to my NIV version.
1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
The ESV uses the word "longing". The Hebrew word is epipoetheo: to long for, to pursue with love. It is a different kind of craving...and definitely a soul craving.
I hope you don't find this boring. For me, looking at the Hebrew and Greek is like digging for golden nuggets...or maybe even like getting a new pair of reading glasses that clear the vision.
Now...that we understand the difference between selfish cravings, soul craving and longings, let's look at the opposite of a selfish craving:
Today, I am grateful for the coffee & Jesus in the morning combination.