By Mark Totilo
The other day I was playing my guitar and the song I was playing was just not sounding right. I checked to see if the guitar was still in tune and it wasn’t. I went through the tuning process as I was tuning it up, it struck me how important tuning really is. If you’ve played an instrument for any amount of time your ear becomes familiar with the sound of when the instrument is properly tuned. You also recognize when it is out of tune. Meditating on this, I realized that I needed to spend time to tune up each day with the Lord.
In 1978 REO Speedwagon released an album with a catchy title. It was called “You Can Tune A Piano But You Can’t Tuna Fish.” I loved that quirky title and would use it as a pun whenever I talk about tuning something.
Being tuned up with God helps you experience he has for you. Old radios in cars and homes were crystal radios that required a tuning knob on your receiver. You would turn it real fast to the approximate place the station you were looking for was, this is called coarse tuning and then you would slowly turn the tuning knob until you could get the best possible signal, this is called fine tuning.
Being tuned up is a spiritual dynamic we all need to learn. In my studies this week I came across this interesting passage in the book of Proverbs.
Proverbs 24:30-34 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; 31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down. 32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. 33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
Solomon illustrated in a vivid picture of the consequences of soul that is not tuned up. He had become slothful and inattentive to maintaining his property. The passage calls this individual void of understanding. What is the biblical definition of understanding?
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Understanding is defined as having knowledge of the holy. Yahweh is holy. Knowledge of the holy takes some time and requires spending time in Word each day, meditating on what you read and then letting it change you and tune up your spirit. An expert is someone who spends at least 10,000 hours practicing something. If you spent one hour each day reading God’s word, it would take you 28 years to reach this level of expertise and knowledge of the bible. The amazing thing about this is when you reach this point, you are only scratching the surface.
The passage also refers to a vineyard which is talking about a person’s life. This slothful man was not tuned up with God and it caused his life to descend in to shambles. Spending time getting tuned up with Yahweh in the word and prayer each day is like weed killer. The ground brings forth thorns and thistles because of sin. God cursed the earth because of Adam’s sin.
Genesis 3:17-18 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Sin comes from our transgression of Yahweh’s commands.
1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
We overcome sin by hiding his word in our hearts and obeying his commands. Spending time each day with asking him what needs to be dealt with in our lives keeps those weeds and thistles from growing up in our lives.
Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
My guitar has a tendency to sharpen as it goes out of tune. This interesting in itself because when someone goes out of tune they become sharp and insensitive.
I started playing guitar when I was 15 and my first guitar would go flat as it went out of tune. This is another tell tale sign in a person’s life that they need a tune up. Life becomes void of excitement or exhilaration for the things of Yahweh.
If your life is not making beautiful music anymore and you are not tuned up with the Lord, maybe it’s time to check to see if you are tuned in with what the Holy Spirit (Ruach ha kodesh) is doing. My wife Rebecca says quite often, “If you don’t keep pace with the advancing light the light you think you have will become darkness.” So get tuned up or be tuned out of what Yahweh is doing in the earth.
About the Author: Mark Totilo is a writer, video and audio producer, bible teacher and owner of Professional Communications. He is a US Navy veteran, trained as an Electronics Technician and in NBC warfare. Mark has recently released his first novel, Double Salute and has published articles in christian national sports magazine, such as Sports Spectrum and Sharing the Victory. He also writes a blog about the United States Navy and can be found at Blog.MarkTotilo.com.