It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25:2 (NIV)
This may be a strange verse to start a devotion on acceleration. You can find words like quick, distance, faster, and many mentions of time(s) in the Bible but not acceleration. Starting, stopping, changing direction, and falling are concepts that are found in many stories and verses in Scripture. So, I started with Proverbs 25:2 because it is clearly something “kings” have searched out as a foundational base of the science of motion.
Acceleration covers speeding up, slowing down, falling, and changing directions while moving. Another way to think about it is changing velocity over time. Velocity is speed with a direction, that thought is better when you realize that when you have a speed, are moving, you are going somewhere. That is why you can have positive (going faster and faster) or negative (going slower) acceleration. Not moving or not changing speed means no acceleration. (“Science Minds” please bear with me as I will be “wandering” a bit.)
Since acceleration is not a Bible term I will give three verses that show aspects of that motion:
- Psalm 46:10 Be still and know God. If you are to “be still” it would make sense that you were moving. So, to stop in the Lord you are decelerating. After you have spent time with Jesus and are ready to move you will accelerate
- 2 Corinthians 3:18 We are transformed with ever increasing glory(NIV paraphrased) Glory to glory(KJV) Jesus meets you where you are in life, but He wants you to be increasing over the time you are His. This is an example of acceleration; gaining more of Him as you continue forward, in life, in the “Jesus life”.
- Deuteronomy 28:7 Come at you from one direction and leave in seven directions. As your enemies move at from one direction they will turn to flee from you. That is an example of acceleration (changing directions). I can see them hitting angels that are shielding us and being turned aside. You could bring in several other laws of motion here but that may happen later. ∞ Jesus, help us to continue moving forward as we are spending time with You.
John records the story of Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3. Jesus teaches us a truth starting in verse three about how to enter the Kingdom of God – be born of the water and the Spirit. In this time period of the Counting of the Omer (Passover to Pentecost) Jesus ties the Old Testament shadows to the New Testament fulfillments. This maybe the second example of New Testament Passovers, the first one is in Luke when Jesus stayed behind to talk to the priest in the Temple.
In the first three chapters of John there are two different pictures of the Passover and the Counting of the Omer. The first is Jesus’ baptism and His forty day trip into the wilderness and the second is John 3:5 + 6. But we need to include chapter one and two in this second picture of Passover.
John 2:23 is one reference to a New Testament Passover. Jesus after His baptism picked some disciples (due to the testimony of John the Baptist), told Mary, His mother, that His “time had not yet come” and still preformed a miracle, and cleared the Temple of commercial activity. How do these reflect the Passover to the Jew of Jesus’ day and to us?
- We will start with the picking of some of His disciples – There is a pre-Passover fast where the firstborn males are recognized. When Jesus picked those disciples, He was doing a form of the Fast of the Firstborn.
- The miracle of the wine at the wedding is a complex, in my thinking. It could represent the miracles that led up to the first Passover. The fact that it was wine, a “yeast” made drink, is interesting because one of the “gods” that was humiliated was the Egyptian beer goddess.
- Jesus clearing the Temple is a picture of cleaning your home of yeast before Passover.It is interesting that the Jews were more concerned about the authority to upset the selling tables than the “right or wrong” of Jesus doing it. He did this again just before His last Passover.
- Jesus’ command to be born of water and Spirit reflect the “baptism” at the Red Sea and meeting God at Mount Sinai. And what would happen on the Birthday of the Church, Pentecost.
Jesus’ response to Mary in John 2: 4 about the wine finally has been settled for me. His “time” or start of His ministry was Passover! So, it was before His time!
Hypoventilation can be a serious organic problem in some people, it however is NOT respiratory arrest, when you stop breathing. Hypoventilation is when you are not breathing enough, and it causes an increase in carbon dioxide levels in your blood. Very simply put your gas exchange is out of balance.
There can be several causes:
- A medical condition, injury, or illness that impairs the nervous system.
- Drugs, both recreational and prescribed.
- Voluntary holding your breath.
So, with respect to the people who have an organic problem, I will still attempt to show spiritual hypoventilation. In spiritual hypoventilation you may have had your nervous system compromised. You could have been betrayed and hurt so you withhold what Jesus has called you to give to the world. I will compare “drugs” to wrong teaching or your misunderstanding the finished work of Jesus on the cross. If you have trained yourself to not “give out”, please stop and at least go voluntary somewhere so your light may shine for Jesus.
To compare Hypoventilation and Hyperventilation both center around carbon dioxide. It is something that we need to give back to the world. In a spiritual context both of these are correctable, but you will need to examine your actions.
Thought for the Day
Take in more of the Holy Spirit, and then give it out again.