Day Forty-Five – הַיּוֹם חֲמִשָּׁה וְאַרְבָּעִים לָעֹמֶר
and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Messiah’s sake.
“Fellowship...two fellows in one ship?”
This word play may have nothing to do with real etymology of the word but it helps to illustrate what it means to be together in relationship. We often ask people if they are “on board” with plans, goals, or procedures. There is a strengthening feeling we have when we know we are not working on something alone. Sharing the burden of especially difficult tasks helps us endure and not suffer premature burnout. Ultimately we work together for the missions and plans of our King. He gives us skills and abilities (knowledge) to do the task He requires of us. We participate with Him as we work hard to learn according to His methods. Sometimes God provides us with fish by teaching us how to fish.
• What skills or habits need working on in my life? How do I see You working on them and myself working on them? How does this knowledge-togetherness give me hope today?
• God’s kind of knowledge is not just informational. Sometimes it includes life skills. What “non-theological” life skills help us in our fellowship with one another?
• The book of Proverbs is filled with practical wisdom. Find a few verses that relate specifically to speaking or not speaking.