God’s Word for Today: Amen. By rights, with the saying of amen, we should be at the end of this post. But, not today. Today, amen gets to be in the forefront. It doesn’t happen very often. Amen is pretty excited about it. When you are used to always being last, it is nice to be first once in a while. So, amen, today is your day.
For those of you who are not baseball fans, I apologize for today’s reference. You will be glad to know that last night was the final game of the World Series, so you won’t have to worry about being bothered by baseball till like next April or so. For those of you who are avid fans of baseball, or at least have an inkling of desire for what used to be America’s sport, the Kansas City Royals won the World Series last night. Can we get an Amen?!!
I use them as a reference today because you have to realize, it has been 30 years since the Royals won the World Series. “So”, you say, many teams have never even won the World Series, (8 out of 30 MLB teams as a matter of fact). 5 of those 8 have at least played in the World Series. What is the big deal about the Kansas City Royals this year?
It actually is a matter of looking into the last 30 years of the Royals. They have spent a considerable amount of time in the pit. At times, they were at the complete bottom of the pit. The Royals were so deep in the deep dark hole, it looked like they would never ever climb out of it. They just don’t make ladders that long.
But, whether you can give credit to the Owners, management, coaches, or players, the Royals scratched, clawed, and climbed their way up and out of that deep and dark chasm of loser. They are now at this moment, considered the best of the best. And, they did it in true fashion. Out of the possible 7 games, the Royals won the needed 4 games in only 5 played. Not perfect, but very impressive none the less. You can almost say Amen to their season.
I was going to fill this next paragraph with statistics covering different aspects of the World Series, but what would that have to do with Amen? The last note I want to make is the attitude and presentation of the Royals as a baseball team. They presented themselves as winners. Not cocky and above everyone else, but as winners who knew what they needed to do to take care of business and still enjoy themselves at the same time. I am always very impressed by a team that comes together as a whole unit working together for a common goal. Not a gathering of highly paid individuals that only shine when they really need to. This was a team, amen.
John 6:26. Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.
In the book of John, Jesus is quoted as saying “very truly” 14 times. Very truly, comes from the word Amen. Amen means “truth”. Amen and amen means “very truly”. Somewhere in our talented translators thinking, they could not accept amen as a word beginning a sentence. They, just like you and I are so used to ending a statement with amen, could not leave quotes, even from Jesus, alone.
For example, what if we read a quote from Jesus beginning with “Amen I tell you…………” We would almost immediately stop at amen. But, if we read “Very truly I tell you………..” Then, we are tempted to keep on reading to find out what Jesus very truly wanted to tell us. I know, it is a play on words. You have to admit, there is some logic to leading or ending with certain words.
Many preachers, typically from the south like to get an “amen” from their congregation as a confirmation of understanding. How many times have you heard “Can I get an amen??!!” And, how many times have you acknowledged with Amen? Life is good. You are being filled with the Word. You put a punctuation of Amen to end another perfect, God driven day.
What if your life is more like the Kansas City Royals of the last 30 years? What if you are somewhere in the pit of this world. Maybe not the complete bottom, but definitely not exactly winning each and every day. You have been there so long, it is like you already said Amen to the way your life is. Finished, done, not going to get any better, make the most of a bad situation, it is what it is, Amen.
Today, would be an excellent day to start with Amen. Your life is not finished. Your mistakes and wrong choices of the past have not, nor ever will, put the final nail on your coffin. There is a way out. There is a way up. Whether you start with Very truly or Amen, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you start with the Amen in life. The truth that God is waiting for you to Amen your way to the top. Start with Amen and go up from there……………..
Prayer: My dearest and most truthful Heavenly Father, I thank you for hearing my Amen. I am far from finished. I know what the bottom of the hole is like. Today I am using Amen to ask for your help God. I want to win the World Series of my life. I seem to be down a few games Lord. But I know with your love, understanding, grace, and strength, I can climb out, up, and above the troubles and desires of this world. Very truly I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen and amen.