WINNING EACH DAY DEVOTIONAL
2 Cor 2:14 And thanks be to God who ALWAYS causes us to triumph…
January 20, 2017
WONDERS IN THE DEEP
Psalm 107:23-24 AMP
23 Some go down to the sea and travel over it in ships to do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the Lord and His wonders in the deep.
Mark Twain was referred to as the “greatest American humorist of his age”. He wrote the timeless classic ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’. Its sequel ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ is known as the Great American Novel. It was the first masterpiece that employed the simple language of the commoner. Not surprisingly, Mark Twain has been dubbed “the father of American literature”. What some people perhaps don’t know is that Mark Twain wasn’t his real name. He was born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
The in-thing for writers of the 19th century was to have pen names and for Clemens who was a sailor on the Mississippi River, Mark Twain was that name. To understand the meaning of “Mark Twain”, we need to travel back about 300 years. Sailors of old had no technology to know the depth of the ocean. What they used was a rope which they would dip into the ocean and the level of wetness would tell the ocean depth. The rope was called a “line” and a weight called “lead” was attached at the base. Therefore, a sailor would swing the “lead line” into the water and if the wetness reached 6 feet, that was “one measure” or “one mark”. At that shallow depth, if they tried to move a boat fast, it could spoil the underside and the boat could sink. However, if the lead line went deep enough, reaching 12 feet, that was “two measures” or “two marks”. The old word for “two” is “twain”, and so the sailor of old would cry out “Mark Twain!” to signal to the crew that the ship was deep enough to get going on the ocean.
SOME go down. Not everybody goes. Not everybody decides to take things deeper with God. Some go DOWN to the sea, but that is their way up in life. It looks to the world like they’re going down when they sow seeds, going down when they stay back to hear from God, going down when they invest in God’s Kingdom, but they are actually bearing roots downward and in no time, will shoot upward, their profit appearing unto all. Mark Twain! It’s time to take your boat deeper, so you can get going. It’s time to dream bigger, reach higher, achieve greater. Stop staying at the shallow end of fear, unbelief and self doubt. Those who do business with God are the ones who see wonders in the deep.
CONFESSION: I am one of those who are planted in God’s House. I am fresh and flourishing. I am one of those who are followed by signs and wonders.
PRAYER: Father, I desire a deeper walk with You this year. I go for it; I have it!
FURTHER READING: 1 John 1:1-3, Job 42:5, Psa 92:14.