Sunday, April 30, 2023

Greek Is Not Hard

"Greek is not hard."

(Wait. That's not the whole tweet.)

"Greek is not hard. For many of us, it's impossible!"

Yep. It's impossible without God's help. 

Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. So let me remind you what Psalm 23:1 says:

"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."

I love how the Living Bible renders this:

"Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything that I need."

I dropped out of my Greek class at Biola after only 3 weeks. But he didn't let me give up. Two years later I was hired to teach 11 units of Greek there. You don't defeat your weaknesses in the power of the flesh. You turn to the Lord, your Shepherd, who will give you what you need. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is this. The ability to learn a foreign language is a gift of God. Even if you have no natural language aptitude (like me) and have to work hard at everything, confess your weaknesses to the Lord and he will help you. I need not laud or underestimate myself. Let me be occupied with the Lord and find completion in him. That will deliver me from being proud of my successes or discouraged by my failures. 

"My soul, wait only upon God, for my expectation is from him" (Psalm 62:5). Yes,