I shared with the teens yesterday morning something I learned while cleaning my house this weekend. I love when the Lord uses my everyday mundane stuff to teach me and give me a deeper understanding of His Word and His ways.
I was moving some things around, and the process of taking things from a position they had been in for a while revealed dust had been unintentionally neglected. I had been subconsciously content with the way things were to the point that it hadn't bothered me what the cleaning process might unveil.
When it was unveiled...it REALLY bothered me. The Lord dropped some Scripture in my heart as I tackled the long-hidden mess that connected to a passage I had read prior to cleaning. I pray He uses it to "stir" you, as well.
In Jeremiah 48 the Lord is speaking against the people of Moab...
"Moab has been at rest from youth, like wine left on its dregs, not poured from one jar to another - she has not gone into exile. So she tastes as she did, and her aroma is unchanged."
In Zephaniah 1 the Lord is speaking to His people, and He uses the same comparison to describe their complacency...He was not pleased with it. I confess that I did not understand what "wine being left on its dregs" meant, so I went to my handy-dandy search bar and did some digging.
Dregs refers to the sediment that settles at the bottom of the wine. This happens with coffee and tea, also. I related it to the teens as a cup or bottle of water that has been sitting out on the counter for a long time open; the looks on their faces when I asked if they would drink it was priceless. The thought of drinking stagnant water is disgusting...but a stagnant life can easily go unnoticed and not bother us until we are tipped and stirred a little.
What does the Lord need to move around in your life to shake you out of complacency? What circumstances have you been asking Him to fix that He may possibly have allowed to accomplish a stirring in you?
While I am abundantly thankful for a blessed and comfortable life, I want the Lord to bother me with what bothers Him. I don't want my life and my prayers to become stagnant...I want what breaks His heart to break mine, as well. I want to be filled with new wine and then consistently poured and refilled again.
Father, I am a vessel in Your hands. Please don't allow me to become like wine left on its dregs. Keep me stirred. Keep me seeking You and what You want me to do. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Jeremiah 48:11, Zephaniah 1:12, Amos 6:1-7