I’ve not heard a lot of talking about what it means to abide, so when this word popped up in our conversation this past week, I had to do a little digging to see what it really meant.
In Hebrew, the word ABIDE is יָשַׁב or ya-shab – to remain, to dwell, to inhabit.
This word means, “to sit” and is used in the manner of a judge sitting to pass judgment, kings sitting on their thrones, or an army sitting down to take ownership and hold possession of something.
As Hebrew is a pictographic language where there is the obvious meaning of the combined letters and the meaning behind each of the pictures in the individual parts of each word.
Yud = hand/work/grasp
Shin = teeth/sharp/press/eat
Beit = family/house/dwelling
To “abide” can be interpreted to be “where you eat and work” – Home.
So, let’s look at this verse again.
“Be HOME in me and I will be HOME in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it is HOME in the vine, neither can you, unless you are HOME in me.”
As a traveler for this season, where the longest I have a warm, safe place to live and dwell is measured in weeks, not months and years, the thought of finding HOME within the life of our Saviour is quite appealing.
So, today, after I finally “gave up”, now I am encouraged to ABIDE and find a home within our Faithful Saviour. It feels good to have that piece of quiet in my soul. Do you need some peace? Maybe you need a HOME?
Where do you ABIDE?
Leaning on Him,