Spiritual Renewal

February 21, 2015

                                                                                     Spiritual Renewal

One morning, while I was shaving, a question came to my mind. The question was, “Why doesn’t my face wear out when I drag a razor over it every morning?” Then I remembered that I had heard that the human body is renewed every seven years. If I remember right, every cell in our body is eliminated and replaced with a new one. What amazes me the most is that I remain with the same face I had seven years ago. Apart from being a little more wrinkled, it hasn’t changed much. If cells on my face are damaged by my razor, it doesn’t matter. They will be replaced.

In Psalm 103:5 we read, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” We have the promise that we can be renewed like the eagle. We are told that some eagles live to be as much as 100 years old. Their beak keeps growing. There comes a time when it is so long that it is a hindrance to them. When that happens, they go to a solitary place where they beat and scrape their beak on a rock. After a time it is virtually destroyed and they can’t eat. They may spend some weeks without eating. During that time they also lose their feathers and they are replaced by new ones. As a result, the eagle is renewed to his youthful vigor.

What then is the promise of God for us in Psalm 103:5? Some commentaries say that the word “mouth” could better be translated “thy age.” (See Barnes) It isn’t talking about our body. When God’s people reach old age they still have a lot to live for. Their joy is still in the Lord and in doing his will. Their joy and desire, however, can be lost. That is why it needs to be renewed. This verse isn’t telling us that our bodies will be renewed like the eagles, or like they were when we were young. It has to do with our soul; our spiritual being. We know that from other promises of renewal that we find in the Bible.

Isaiah 40:31 says, “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.” When we go to the New Testament we read in II Corinthians 4:16, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” When we are saved we experience great joy and some dramatic changes take place in our life. . If we maintain a good relationship with the Lord the joy of the Lord will remain with us, but it won’t be as intense as it was a first.

A good relationship with God is maintained by some things that should be a part of every Christian’s life. Every day we need to have a time alone with God when we read a portion of the Bible and pray. Through the Bible God speaks to us. By prayer, we talk to God. Another good practice for Christians is to read good books. We grow in knowledge if we read good books, especially Christian books. It is unfortunate that many Christians don’t read much. If you find it hard to read, it will get easier the more you do it. Books can be expensive if you buy them new. It isn’t difficult to find good used books for .50or $1.00. Some churches also have a library where you can check out books. An electronic reader might be a good investment for you. If small print is a problem, you can increase the print size on an electronic reader to a size that is comfortable for you. You can buy electronic books for a fourth of the price of new ones.

Our spiritual life is also renewed by faithful church attendance. It is there that we have fellowship with other Christians and we encourage and strengthen one another. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

As old age comes upon us, we can no longer do some things. There are still other things we can do. Sometimes we can develop a talent that hasn’t been used much in the past.

Renewal is for Christians. If you feel like you have lapsed in your Christian life and your relationship with the Lord isn’t what it once was you can pray the prayer of David that we find in Psalm 51:12. “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” Spiritual renewal, for us, isn’t automatic. We must want it and remain in a good relationship with God if we are to have it.

You can’t be renewed if you haven’t been saved. Christ died on the cross to make it possible for God to forgive your sins. Romans 10:9-10 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.   For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

If you have comments or questions you can send them to us at this address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net




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