Since I belong to the brotherhood of the big-footed, I need a lot of help to keep my feet pointed in the right direction. This is one reason I have a special fondness for Psalm 119:105: Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.
When God’s Word is your guide, and you use it as a lamp for your feet, you’re less likely to stumble and fall. It’s an ever-ready guide to help you:
- Gain strength and to grow in love—Ephesians 3:16-20
- Resist evil—Galatians 5:16-21
- Increase in knowledge and to be filled with the fruit of righteousness—Philippians 1:9-11
- Grow in your faith—2 Peter 1:5-8
To burn brightly the old fashioned lamps needed either oil or burning embers of coal. The oil that fires-up the lamp of God’s Word is prayer. To find the light and guidance you need, I suggest that you make Psalm 119:33-36 your prayer for today:
Help me understand Your instruction,
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.
Help me stay on the path of Your commands,
for I take pleasure in it.
Turn my heart to Your decrees
and not to material gain.
I’m not trying to raise a big stink about your sweat; however, I would like to share the sweaty truth about your perspiration:
- Men sweat about twice as much as women, and both sweat less with age.
- Your sweat contains an antibiotic peptide, dermcidin, that hinders the growth of bacteria on your skin.
- Your feet have about 250,000 sweat glands that can produce up to a half pint of liquid each day.
- You have two types of sweat glands: The eccrine glands which cover most of your body. The apocrine glands are the second type, but they are only found in your armpits and genital region.
- Fortunately your body produces very little apocrine perspiration: It’s the source of your stinky smelly body odor.
By now you may be asking yourself: “What does Stan find so inspiring about perspiring?” Here’s your answer: There is a correlation between the interaction of the apocrine sweat and the eccrine sweat and a statement that Jesus made.
- Your body produces eccrine sweat in much larger quantities. This is good and bad. It’s good because of its cooling effect; however, it is bad because when it spreads it mingles with the apocrine sweat and spreads it over more of your body; and, the smelly odor goes along for the ride.
- The apocrine sweat has the same effect as the yeast that Jesus and Paul spoke of in the New Testament.
In Matthew 16, Jesus warned the disciples about the “yeast” of the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Paul taught the same concept when he wrote to the church at Galatia: “A little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough.”
In the Bible, yeast is symbolic of sin, and Jesus and Paul used this symbolism to warn of the harmful effects of false teaching. A little bit of it has a tremendous amount of influence.
What effect does the leaven of sin have on your prayer life? In Revelation 8, John likened the prayers of the saints to the sweet smelling incense that was burnt on the golden altar. When they find their way to the throne of God, do your prayers have the smell of incense or do they have a stench?
The next time Mother Nature cranks the thermometer up to about 100 degrees and your shirt is drenched in sweat, you might want to give some thought to this stinking blog.