Monday, August 25, 2008

Watch Your Back!

Often we look at scriptures concerning hands and feet when studying movement in the Word. It takes the whole body functioning together for the dancer to be most effective. One of the most important parts of our bodies that is used in movement is the back. Without a flexible, painless spine and healthy back muscles, we would be rendered motionless.

It is important that we do all we can to stay in the best physical condition. Caring for the back includes proper stretching and limiting the amount of physical wear and tear put on it from lifting heavy objects and bending improperly. Sometimes we try to put blame on the enemy for physical ailments and injuries, but some of our trauma comes from lack of wisdom in using our bodies.

Spiritually, the back is a sort of "blind spot" in that our rear vision is limited. If we find ourselves in a state of sin as believers, it is known as "backsliding." A modern-day term for someone who cares sincerely about our best interests is known as "having our back." The Lord is our greatest Protector. We must do our part by exercising sound judgment when moving, so that we do not have to "back down" when we need to step up.

Psalm 129:3 (NKJV)
The plowers plowed on my back; They made their furrows long.”

Proverbs 10:13 (NKJV)
Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.

Jeremiah 32:33 (NKJV)
And they have turned to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction.

Romans 11:10 (NKJV)
Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, and bow down their back always.”

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