Monday, December 1, 2014

The Door to a New World of Meaning and Beauty

Proverbs 13:4 (ESV)

4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

The parallelism of the Hebrew poetry contrasts "the sluggard" and "the diligent;" "gets nothing" and "is richly supplied." But missing is the parallel to the word "craves." What is implied by this missing element?

Obviously the soul of the diligent desires, since it is richly supplied. So the question is, what does the soul of the diligent desire that results in it being richly supplied, rather than receiving nothing?

One key to answering this question is the "divine passive," we have in each sentence. God is the one who richly supplies the soul in the one case, and gives nothing in the other. What we can conclude, then, is that the soul of the diligent desires something different than the soul of the sluggard. What this proverb points to is that the ultimate desire of the righteous/diligent soul is for the Lord himself, and the Lord will come to those who diligently seek and desire him.

The righteous/diligent soul uses the creature sacramentally and finds fellowship and delight in the triune God by the right use of created things, including other people. The only way to truly understand what is taught here is to understand what the psalmist means in Psalm 73:25: "Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you."

We live in a universe where all created reality points to and participates in Jesus Christ. Therefore, all created reality is sacramental. Just as we eat the bread and drink the wine (earthly elements), and through them see Jesus, and have fellowship with Him, so we are to do the same with every good gift of the Father. All things derive their being, meaning and beauty from Christ, and are means of grace to those who believe and seek the Lord in all things.

The world is sacramental and wherever we look we are summoned to fellowship with God through his Son! Ask, seek, and knock and a new world will be opened up to you!

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