Oh!

9 10 2014

It’s just a two letter word. It is used by prophets (check out Jer. 8:21-22; 9:1-2), of the Bible and sprinkled generously in the Psalms (Psalm 6:4 for instance). What’s so great about so small a word? It’s just an interjection, a word of expression. No, I believe every Word placed in the Bible is important and is more than just a space filler. Upon closer examination, I found it to be a word of great emotion, expressed by those who were fanatically devoted to a cause. It was more than just an expression of the lips; it was a passion of the heart. Among Christians who thrive on spiritual mediocrity, may the “oh” be resurrected that they may shine as lights in a dark world.
What is the significance of “oh”? It is not the word itself, but the condition of the heart it reveals. You could say it is an attitude of the heart when faced with adversities and adversaries.

1. It is a word of weakness, pleading for strength. David sighed for rest (Psalm 55:6). The Psalmist begs for the moral strength to obey God’s Word (Psalm 119:5). It is the heart cry of great men and women of faith. D.L. Moody used to say, “The only way to keep a broken vessel full is to keep it always under the tap”.

2. It is a word of question, looking for answers Questioning is healthy if it is followed by the motivated search of an “oh”. It is not wrong to question God if one is open to His answers and not locked in the prison of pride and cynicism. Like Gideon said, “Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us?” We will never discover all the answers to our questions, but their pursuit will give us wisdom for helping others and humility lest we think we have it all together.

3. It is a word of anguish, asking for relief Suffering begs relief. Suffering for a good deal of time is desperate of hope. Suffering gives passion to prayer and compassion for the ones who suffer in silence.

4. It is a word of burden, begging for deliverance Job carried the burden of having a diseased body, a million questions with out answers, and a God that seemed to be distancing Himself from the dilemma. He declares, “Oh that I knew where I might find Him” (Job 23:3) and “Oh that one would hear me” (Job 31:35). His struggle was known by God and ended up being a catalyst to his faith, and became an encouragement to suffering people for many millennia.

Perhaps we need to put the “Oh” back in our faith, our hope, and our love.

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