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Camak yetser natsar shalowm shalowm kiy batach.

 

Seven simple Hebrew words. But what do they mean?

 

Camak – verb – “to lean against, rest upon; to support or uphold.” I immediately envision a ladder, propped against the house in order to bear weight as I climb higher.

 

Yetser – noun – “a frame, formation; also an intention.” This word depicts the ladder itself, sturdy and useful, but only as it is placed properly against something secure.

 

Natsar – verb – “to guard, watch over, keep.” This is no passive watching. This is a hard-core, defensive watching like troops guarding their military position. Round the clock and scheduled, this guard is on the alert against danger.

 

And then the doubled noun: Shalowm, shalowm.

 

Doubled to create emphasis. Doubled to press a point. Doubled to stress its significance and importance within the phrase.

 

Shalom, shalom – noun – “quietness, tranquility, whole, entire, secure.”

 

Peace, peace. Peace from war. Peace from anxiety. Peace in relationships.

 

To rest the intention. To guard the peace….

 

The peace.

 

But how?

 

Kiy – Here’s our particle that tells us how. Translated as “because, for, through”, this is the hint that the answer is coming. We are about to discover the cause of this much guarded peace — about to unearth the action which allows our intent to lean so securely.

 

Batach – verb – “to trust, to have confidence.” Belief! God always speaks of trust. He’s always interested in faith.

 

“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).

 

Had you recognized it? Yes, those seven Hebrew words are the actual translation of this verse that we’ve had memorized for years. But seeing it stark and naked in the original language gives fresh insight into its depth.

 

In order to guard the peace, we must keep our intention leaning toward faith.

 

I find this very comforting. God looks at the true motivation of my heart. Despite distractions that swirl and interruptions that storm, we can incline our intent upon Him.

 

God’s Name is not actually penned into this verse. The One Who is the Rock upon which we may lean, the Strength upon Whom we may depend — He is so large and all encompassing that He spills into and fills up the next verse. “Trust in the Lord forever…in God the Lord” (Isaiah 26:4).

 

Jehovah, Ja (abbreviated form of Jehovah), Jehovah. Three times He is mentioned. We have the double-blessing of peace because of the triple fullness of our God. “This being of ours, in itself frail, anxious, feverish, needs steadying, staying; and its only sufficient prop must be “Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.” – H.M. Spence.

 

O Holy Father,
     May I stop looking at myself in the midst of my circumstances. Indeed, my heart and my strength will fail. You are the strength of my heart (Psalm 73:26). The contrast is great: My wavering soul. Your Steadfast Spirit. My distracted thoughts. Your Constant Wisdom. I must prop my vacillating motive upon You, my Rock of Refuge (Psalm 94:22). For as I lean into You I find that I already have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:5). Hallelujah!

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As I spend time with a brand new grand baby, Carrie Vipperman joins us today on Hungry For More. I always love to hear Carrie’s heart because it mirrors that of our Father. Today, she hits on a topic that we all deal with: worry.

 

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I was convicted this weekend of something I had let into my life recently, and it wasn’t pretty. It’s a monster that eats away at your joy, your peace, your ability to see all that you have to be thankful for, and so much more.

 

 

This monster enslaves you, as all sin does.

 

Worry.

 

You probably don’t instantly think of worry as a sin, as one of those many things in our life that nailed our sweet Jesus to the cross. So, I am going to ask you to rethink how casually we often take this sin.

 

 

The word “worry” is used 11 times in the New Testament. (Matthew 6:25-34, 10:19, 13:22, Mark 13:11, Luke 12:11, 22-29, 1 Corinthians 7:21) Eight of those times, the word is preceded by the same two words—“do not,” and the other 3 times it is used are not exactly an endorsement for it. So, if the phrase “do not worry” (or other equivalent phrases) shows up 11 times, I think that it is safe to assume that this is an sin we should take very seriously.

 

 

What are the issues in your life that cause you to worry? Finances? Family? Your job? Your spouses job? Decisions regarding how you should spend your time? Sickness? The possibilities are endless really. These are real issues, with very real problems, that we need to deal with!! Or do we? Do WE need to deal with these, or do we need to give them over to our Heavenly Father, who “knows that you need all these things,” (Matthew 6:32) so that HE can deal with them?

 

 

Let’s look at an example in the Old Testament. Abraham and Sarah were an elderly barren couple, who had been promised a child by God. The very belief that God would do this was credited to Abraham as righteousness.

 

 

However, this righteous man who had so firmly believed God’s promise to do the impossible, gave in to doubt and his wife’s worry that the promise would not be fulfilled, and in their doubt and worry, they developed a plan to get a child themselves.

 

 

Sarah gave Abraham her maid, Hagar, and he had a child with her. In their culture, because Hagar was Sarah’s slave, the child would be considered Sarah and Abraham’s son. Their solution to this problem only brought strife and hardship to their household. The Bible says that immediately after Hagar conceived, she was filled with contempt for her mistress, Sarah. This then led Sarah to mistreat Hagar. Eventually, after the birth of Sarah’s son, Isaac, Hagar and her son were forced out of the house.

 

 

So, the result of listening to their doubts and worry was strife and contempt in their household and eventually a mother and son being forced to live on their own. It doesn’t sound like their worrying helped them very much, huh?

 

 

When we can humbly accept that we belong to a mighty God, who is far more able to handle our problems, we can bring them to Him in prayer, freeing ourselves from the negative effects of worry. For me, this is often a moment by moment kind of prayer. I cannot just say a quick prayer in the morning and be free of worry and stress the rest of the day.

 

 

Rather, with each worrisome thought that comes to mind, I must force myself to hand it over in prayer to my Heavenly Father who knows exactly what I need. I must remind myself of the promises that He loves His children and will not give them a stone to eat when they are hungry for bread (Matthew 7:9). It is not a complicated process, but it is also not a natural one.

 

 

Will you join me this week in battling this monster, so that we can rest in the overwhelming peace that only God can give us?

 

 

“Jesus, may we “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 4:6-7) Amen.”

 

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Carrie and her husband, Vip.

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