God's quickening

The word quicken in the Bible is a wonderful word. It means far more than just doing something faster. It signifies coming alive, vivifying, reinvigorating.

Yet none of this brightening up and new life comes about through merely human effort. In fact, the ambition of the mortal, human mind to be bright, quick, and sharp frequently leads simply to arrogance, miscalculation, and outdatedness. The Psalmist intelligently prays, "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way."

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