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Seeking Wisdom, Day 30 – Religion Is Not A Dull Habit

March 26, 2016

Pastor Doug made the observation that some people don’t seem excited to be in church. I find that hard to believe, as I chew on his sermons, listen to the wonderful choir, the organ, and mouth a few hymns myself. The pastor quoted my title, which he obtained from William James (1842- 1910), brother to novelist Henry James. William is well regarded by Christians, but has never attained the fame of his novelist brother. Henry wrote many books, among them Daisy Miller, The Wings of the Dove, and The Golden Bowl, but William wrote religion, philosophy, and practically invented psychology, including the statement, “Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will create the fact.”

The last two chapters of Proverbs were written by Agur, son of Jakeh, and Lemuel, a king. Listen to Agur in Proverbs 30:1-3, “I am weary O God. I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense. I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One.” A soul in human misery cries out to God. Agur is tired and seeks compassion, so he thinks about God. Does he have a dream, an inspiration, from the Living God? Suddenly he is able to marvel at life, even foretelling a distant future, in Proverbs 3o: 4, “Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the ocean in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name – and his son’s name? Tell me if you know.” Agur’s later musings reveal a man no longer depressed, but alive and curious. That is what religion does. Our spirits lift and “every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.” (Proverbs 30: 5) Agur notices all that is around him, and wonders, totally enthralled by it all.

And that is what religion, our belief in God,  does for us. We awaken from sleep, the deep sleep of self-pity and ignorance to the joy of heaven. In case you had forgotten, life is worth living

A brief hour in church provides the Miracle Gro for an amazing life. Religion is not a dull habit.

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