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Cow Paths and Ruts of Righteousness

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Tamarajo is an avid Bible Studier who loves nothing more than to seek out the treasures in God's Word and share them with others.

An actual cow path. Photo by TamaraJo. Edited using Instagram. Captured at Round Mountain Rock Hound Area in Arizona. Space shared with Lazy B Ranch

An actual cow path. Photo by TamaraJo. Edited using Instagram. Captured at Round Mountain Rock Hound Area in Arizona. Space shared with Lazy B Ranch

Introduction: Agri-Bio-Linguistics

Brad Scott from Wildbranch Ministries made a Biblical discovery that he has titled Agri-Bio-Linguistics. He observes that God uses agriculture and biology concepts quite consistently throughout the Bible as metaphorical teaching tools. Comparisons and illustrations based on agriculture and biology's activities and functions can add another dimension to understanding the larger picture intended for a particular word. This method also adds a layer of stability and consistency to God's timeless truths in the Scriptures, considering that neither agriculture nor biology has changed much since the beginning of time.

One example that Brad gives in his teaching is the next portion of Scripture that contains all three elements summed up in one verse.

. . . man (biology) shall not live by bread (agriculture) alone; but man lives by every word (language) that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

— Deuteronomy 8:3

The comparison of the natural biological man's need for sustenance being satisfied with bread, a product of agriculture, is made with our spiritual lives needing to be sustained by the truths of God's Word.

This method can be found in the Hebrew language with words that are spelled the same. Many times there is a relationship between the two. The one frequently illustrates the other, as opposed to the English language, where we have several words spelled the same but have entirely different meanings and are in no way related. For example, the term "bat" can be something you hit a baseball with, or it can be a nocturnal flying rodent. There is no relationship between these two words and their definitions.

How this works in Hebrew can be seen in the Hebrew words for "liver" and "glory." Both are spelled the same. The qualities of a liver can explain what glory is like, in that it is the heaviest and one of the most necessary organs in the human body. Therefore, we can understand that glory comes with the attributes of something considered very weighty and significant. Weight in the ancient world was also associated with value.

Therefore, to glorify, God would require us to ascribe weight, value, and consider Him our necessity.

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Cow Paths

Mr. Scott gives a specific example based on the following familiar portion of Scripture that I thought was profound.

He leads me in the paths (cycles, tracks, courses, or ruts—"magal" מַעְגָּל) of righteousness for His name’s sake.

— Psalm 23:3

He explains how life, according to the Bible, isn't linear but cyclical. Life, instead, follows specific patterns and paths in keeping with this word's definition.

The root word of "magal" מַעְגָּל meaning "path" (cycles, tracks, courses, or ruts) used in the twenty-third Psalm, is "agal" עֵ֫גֶל which means calf. Notice that the spelling of the two words is the same minus the first letter of "magal," which is a "mem."

"Mem" is many times used as a prefix. When "Mem" is used in this way, it adds the idea of "conceived from" in connection with the root word. Therefore, the concept of a path, in this case, will be conceived from the habits of a calf or cow. In the form of cow behaviors, biology will be used to deepen our understanding of this particular word translated "path."

A young bull calf

A young bull calf

The Cow Path Theory

You might ask, "what does a cow have to do with track cycle or rut?"

After a bit of research, I discovered that there is actually a theory called the "Cow Path Theory" It is used predominantly in the description of getting stuck in a loop of the familiar. "stuck in a rut," as one might say. This phrase was coined based on actual cow behavior.

According to a Texas farmer.

"Cows are creatures of habit and set in firm behavioral patterns. Where they walk, graze and sleep and is similar from year to year"

— (UPC) party

Cows will follow a familiar path that connects them with their most base needs: food and water. Even if you try to get them to go a new and easier way, they prefer the familiar.

An actual cow path

An actual cow path

Get Stuck in a Good Rut

We tend to think that ruts and patterns of behavior in a negative sense. But we can see from this description that God wants to lead us in cycles, courses, and ruts of righteousness. What if righteousness was our habit and the pattern of living that we grew so familiar with we did not want to go any other way?

A contrast in Scripture shows us the two types of ruts, both positive and negative. These are demonstrated in Proverbs chapter two. This portion of Scripture also shows us how to get into the paths and ruts of righteousness by seeking wisdom from God.

My son, if you

  • receive my words, And
  • treasure my commands within you, So that you
  • incline your ear to wisdom, And
  • apply your heart to understanding Yes, if you
  • cry out for discernment, And
  • lift up your voice for understanding, If you
  • seek her as silver, And
  • search for her as for hidden treasures;

Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the paths of justice, And preserves the way of His saints.Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path (ruts, cycles, and courses).

— Proverbs 2:1-9

This portion of Proverbs clearly shows us, in highly repetitious language, how the good rut is made. (more on repetition later). The writer of Proverbs continues to show us the results of the ruts of wisdom and righteousness. It also shows the ruts of unrighteousness or darkness.

From

  • the man who speaks perverse things,
  • From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness;
  • Who rejoice in doing evil,
  • And delight in the perversity of the wicked;
  • Whose ways are crooked,
  • And who are devious in their paths (ruts, cycles, and courses);

— Proverbs 2:10-15

Leading domestic calves in a good path involves teaching them to be led.

Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.

— Psalm 143:10

My driveway

My driveway

Ruts

I live in a rural area where gravel roads are often prone to deep ruts, especially after they soften from rain or snow. The more traffic going into a rut makes it even deeper.

This example illustrates what happens in our hearts and minds: it concerns habits and patterns, good or bad, in our thoughts and behaviors.

Driving through ruts isn't exactly a pleasant experience in a vehicle when the grooves seem to grab your tires and pull you into them. Still, the writer of Proverbs chapter two, used in the above section, assures us that once God's ways have cut their paths in our hearts, habitually, it will be pleasant to our souls and keep us in the right ways.

When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion will . . .

  • preserve you; Understanding will
  • keep you, To
  • deliver you from the way of evil,

— Proverbs 2:14

Video Explaining How Ruts Work In a Backwards Bike Riding Experience

Ruts of the Mind and Heart

Like the soft gravel, Our brains are quite soft and plastic. Neuropathways (ruts, trenches, and courses) form through the repetition of thought, experience, and behavior.

Sue Stebbins from Successivewaves.com gives us a complete explanation.

"The word “neuroplasticity” is used to describe the pliability of our neuropathways. Neuropathways are formed through practice and repetition. For instance, if you play the piano, the movements that your fingers make to create certain notes become faster and more fluid with practice. This is because the repetitious movements of practice are forming grooves or pathways in the brain. Think of these pathways as streams of running water. The longer the water flows in a certain pattern, the more worn that groove or pathway becomes. This eventually causes the water to naturally follow through the grooves it has created in the soil. When you repeat certain thoughts and actions enough, the brain comes to expect them and creates grooves to move them along more smoothly. This is also known as muscle memory."

The Expanded Bible gives us an excellent translation of a portion of Psalm 65 that supports the above description.

You send rain to the plowed fields; you fill the rows with water [level its ridges] You soften the ground with rain, and then you bless it with crops. Youcrown the year with your goodness, your tracks/ruts drip with plenty.

— Psalm 65:10-11

God wants us to turn our hearts from the ruts and cycles of sin and defeat and establish us in new grooves, patterns, and cycles of righteousness and victory.

. . . be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God

— Romans 12:2

Luke refers to this in chapter three of his gospel concerning the call to repent by John the Baptist. Repent means to turn around from an old path or way and go in a different direction. John the baptist illustrates and compares this concept with the changes of a landscape as he quotes a passage from the book of Isaiah. As you read the following passage, think in terms of the landscape of your mind being remodeled.

‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth.

— Isaiah 40:4

It kind of reminded me of our circulatory system

It kind of reminded me of our circulatory system

Hebrew Word Pictograph—Mem

The pictograph for the Hebrew word "magal," meaning "path," "rut," or "cycle," agrees with these concepts and adds some more in-depth insights and details for us that illustrate the essential elements of God's leading us in "paths of righteousness."

The first letter of "magal" (path) is a "mem" and is represented by an image of water or ocean waves and can communicate the idea of depth. This icon fits the idea that God wants to deeply ingrain our hearts and minds with patterns and habits of righteousness.

Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.

— Psalm 42:7

Macrocosmically speaking, the natural world gives us an exhibit of this with the earth's most massive bodies of water. Oceans have paths in them that will illustrate what this looks like.

Matthew Maury, nicknamed "Pathfinder of the seas," was considered the father of oceanography. He discovered "the paths of the seas" based upon this exact phrase found in Psalm chapter eight.

What is man that You are mindful of him. . . You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands. You have put all things under his feet . . . The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.

When he read this verse, he made it his mission to discover the ocean's paths as described in the Bible. Scientists discovered that there are wind circuits and cold and warm currents of water that affect how ships move across the sea. This revelation led to the use of these paths as natural highways for the shipping industry. These paths are still being used today.

Currents move in a specific direction in the ocean and affect global weather patterns, just like currents of sin or righteousness can pull us in particular directions and influence our lives' events and atmospheres.

The wind causes surface currents to move in a spiral pattern, imaging the Holy Spirit, setting us in motions of cyclical patterns of righteousness.

. . . the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters

— Genesis 1:2

Ocean currents are known to powerfully pull whatever gets in their path the same way a rut on the road will. Shipping companies will use and follow these paths to cut on fuel costs or avoid them if they are contrary to the direction they wish to go.

Ocean tides showing us force and motion

Ocean tides showing us force and motion

"Mem"—Powerful Motion

"Mem," as it refers to this word, also visualizes something set in motion. Think of the regularity of tides or even the momentum of moving water that can set a tsunami in unstoppable motion. God wants to set in motion unstoppable waves and patterns of righteousness.

The following Scriptural example shows us how sin can form ruts in us that lead us to death. The writer of James uses conception and birthing as metaphors for the lesson.

. . . each one is tempted when he is drawn away by (the rut of) his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

— James 1:14-15

knowing and experiencing have to do with both physical and spiritual vision

knowing and experiencing have to do with both physical and spiritual vision

"Ayin"—Spiritual Vision

"Ayin" is the second letter of the Hebrew word "magal" and is a picture of an eye communicating the concepts of perception, knowing, and experiencing.

We see the first recorded departure from the rut of righteousness to the trench of sin, recorded in Genesis, involving seeing, knowing, and experiencing.

. . . when the woman saw (see) that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise (know), she took of its fruit and ate (experienced).

— Genesis 3:6

Vision is valuable to the patterns and cycles of righteousness. The ability to see the goodness of God and His intentions is vital to the righteous path. It was for the joy set before Him that Jesus endured the cross (Heb 12)

Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint.

— Proverbs 29:18

Seeing with spiritual eyes is truly the key to the goal of living in patterns of righteousness as we look unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, as our goal.

. . . let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

— Hebrews 12:1-2

Running a race requires staying on the designated path with an eye on the prize.

The value of sight in living the spiritual life (path) is described In an article written by George Davis and Michael Clark titled "Spiritual Sight."

"The eye is the chief channel of information for man. Of all the five senses, sight is the most highly valued. Sight is the key to knowledge. What you cannot conceptualize, you cannot understand. Both in the natural life and in the spiritual life, seeing precedes knowledge."1

Knowledge precedes doing and living. If you can't see it, you won't know it, and you won't do it.

Jesus scolded His disciples for their inability to "see" the spiritual application of His warning to beware of the hypocritical path of ritualized self-perceived righteousness that puffed up the Pharisees. Bread puffed up from leaven illustrates how sin and pride puff up in appearance but doesn't add substance.

Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet.

  • perceive nor
  • understand?

Is your heart still hardened?Having

  • eyes, do you not
  • see?

And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?

— Mark 8:17-18

Experiencing, knowing, and seeing His goodness are essential elements in the process of being entrenched in His ways. The eye illustrates this concept.

Camel Rolling in the Sand

Camel Rolling in the Sand

"Gimel"—Repetition

"Gimel," the third letter of the Hebrew word for path, is a picture of a camel and carries the visual of journeying, walking, circling, or rolling, all characteristic behavior of a camel.

These described actions of a camel are where the concept of repetitiveness is displayed in our study of the word for "path." Camels are known for rolling in the sand as a way to cool off and relax. Interestingly, they have specific places that they frequent, showing us an established pattern.

Walking in and of itself, mechanically speaking, is a movement pattern using rotary (rolling or revolving) motion. Walking is about the way we live.

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord!

— Psalm 119:1

Relative to children, repetition is essential in training them according to the ways of a household. It can be frustrating to get a little one to get into the family's ruts, habits, and patterns of living. But sticking with it and understanding that the repetition of doing something repeatedly until it becomes a part of their pattern, course, and cycle is necessary to learn and form good and right habits. And so it is with us all. I get frustrated with myself at times and how many times it takes me to learn specific lessons. But this revelation shows me that God is continually leading me in ruts of righteousness through repetition of trying over and over again as I diligently seek Him.

Uphold my steps in Your paths (ruts, cycles, and courses) That my footsteps may not slip.

— Psalm 17:5

Gimel, the third letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, is also representative of the Holy Spirit. This letter's position may indicate that the journey of walking and living in ruts of righteousness is a work of the Holy Spirit. Walking this way is in cooperation and in concert with our receiving His Words, treasuring His commands, inclining our ears, applying our hearts, crying out for discernment, lifting up our voice for understanding, seeking, and searching according to the preacher in Proverbs 2:6-9.

Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.

— Psalm 143:10

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Lamed

"Lamed," the final letter of this study, is illustrated by a shepherd staff or ox goad depicting the idea of leading, instruction, and teaching.

Psalm 23:1 depicts the Lord as our "Shepherd" who satisfies and leads us beside still waters and into paths (ruts, cycles, and patterns) of righteousness.

The ruts of sin and self-led lives are never satisfying or calm. Instead, they are insatiable and tumultuous, as described by Peter when he addressed false teachers whose sin was the foundation of their lives on the path of personal profit rather than the glory and love of God.

. . . they cannot cease from sin . . . They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children.They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.

— II Peter 2:14

Correction and discipline are included in this concept of the letter "lamed," pictured by the shepherd staff. These are essential elements that help form the grooves of righteousness that keep us on the right paths.

Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die.

— Proverbs 15:10.

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What Happens When We Get Off Track

One Sunday after church, my husband and I noticed a Saddle Club competition at our local fairgrounds. We decided to stop in and watch for a while.

One of the challenges was; the horse, under the direction of its rider, had to weave through six poles and back. The idea was to keep a serpentine pattern without knocking over the poles and to do it in the shortest amount of time possible.

I noticed a couple of times that on the way back, the horse would lose the pattern. If that happened, the rider would back the horse up to the point of the mistake and make it complete the pattern correctly.

This type of correction is a great life lesson for us all in keeping God's patterns. When we lose the pattern, we often are tempted to keep going and forget about it, but if we want to develop those good habits, we need to go back to the point of our misstep and do it over again correctly.

This example reminds me of how we sometimes do things in our family with both children and adults. We might ask for a do-over if we acted or reacted poorly in a given situation.

Conclusion

It has been displayed in Psalm 23:3 that God's leading us in paths (ruts, courses, patterns, and cycles) of righteousness for His name's sake is a positive and rewarding path. A cow's behavior illustrates following a familiar way that leads to what it understands to be positive rewards. "Positive" seems like such an inadequate word to describe the incredible reward we receive for submitting to the Lord's directives in following and being familiar with His ways and paths.

The Hebrew Word pictographs, taken together, illustrated for us that God wishes to re-landscape our lives by creating new paths, patterns, and habits that draw us into waves and cycles of His goodness and victory through vision (goals), repetition, and discipline.

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

— Psalm 1:1-3

A final quote from the movie "The End of the Spear":

“We acted badly, badly until they brought us God’s carvings. Now we walk His trail.”

— Mincaye, a Waodani tribal elder whose tribe, before knowing Christ, speared and killed the missionaries who came to save them through the preaching of the Gospel.

Credits and Sources

1http://awildernessvoice.com/SpiritualSight.html

2http://www.tenouk.com/learningretentionrate.html

© 2013 Tamarajo

Comments

PoetikalyAnointed on November 30, 2018:

Hello again,

I'm glad the comment inspired a positive chain of events.

I love learning, especially such topics and this was a pleasure to read.

Tamarajo (author) on November 30, 2018:

Hello PoeticallyAnointed,

I have to admit the last two comments led me to re-read this myself. This was great in a couple of respects. One, because it needed a serious edit which is now complete and secondly, I was needing to revisit the lesson personally.

Like you, many changes have already occurred since I have given my life to God in terms of habits and patterns but I also see so much more work to be done. Not my work of course but His. Mine only to continue the seeking Him and surrender through practicing whatever He has put before me in the present.

I am glad you found the study useful and I appreciate your stopping by and commenting.

God bless,

Tammy

PoetikalyAnointed on November 29, 2018:

Hello Tamarajo,

This truly was a Blessing for me to read and thank you for sharing!

Your Hub hit home for me in so many ways. As I look over my life, I see that God has placed similar "ruts" in my path of life. As you mentioned, it would most likely be the same lesson that I had yet to learn.

I've Fully and Humbly Given my life to God and have seen a major change in my life. I've gotten further along with Scriptures and it made me feel good when I recognized some of those in here. It's not to boast but I God saw fit for me to read this to show me the progress that I've made. I make it a point to read a verse and pray each and every day. Some days, I read more than usual which is definitely helping me during this time in my life.

I will be bookmarking this one as a reference. Thanks for sharing!

Tamarajo (author) on November 27, 2018:

Hi Jack,

I did not know that about bees. That is a great additional insight. I think it needs to be added to the article.

Thank you for sharing it.

God bless

Tammy

Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on November 26, 2018:

Hi Tammy,

Your comment in your second paragraph reminds me of bees - it's a good analogy as well - so much in nature to remind us and keep us on the strait and narrow path.

Anyone who keeps bees will know this:

If you move a bee hive more than a few feet away from its original location after the bees have flown out foraging, on their return they will get lost simply because their inbuilt 'direction finder' won't recognise the new position of the hive as 'their' home and they will fly aimlessly around looking for 'their' home, which explains why the bees know which hive is theirs amongst many.

But if you place an object in front of the hive where the bees fly out, (after dark) when the bees fly out next morning they will notice something is different and they will be forced to do a re-orienting flight around the object for a few minutes to 'reset their map' so that they can find their way back to their home.

I'm sure you can see as I do from the bee's example, we too need to reset our spiritual map from time to time just so that we don't lose our way.

Even though I've had to rest my own map many times, the destination hasn't changed - home is still where it is.

Regards,

Jack.

Tamarajo (author) on November 26, 2018:

Hi Jack,

I haven't looked at this one in awhile. It looks like a little editing is in order. Eek!

I too, have a few areas that need some new ruts and re-mapping. The flesh is so stubborn.

I love your example of "which one you feed" that is such a useful metaphor. Habitual feeding of the nature of the Spirit wins.

Thank you again for stopping by, reading, and commenting.

I'm pleased that it is a useful read. I needed to read it again myself.

God bless!

Jack Jenn from Nelson Bay NSW Australia. on November 26, 2018:

Hi Tammy,

Just read this article and so much truth, help and advice in it - really beautiful.

I know in my own case the sin that so easily besets us is the one I fall to time and time again and even though I know that's how it is for so many, I still find I can be swayed by temptation and when it's past I beat myself up for it. I often wonder, how long will I suffer this - why don't I learn, am I unreachable?

Oh how I hate Satan.

There are many places in scripture (and you certainly have covered them very well) where I can see myself plainly but I know as long as I repent and cling to Him, His grace is sufficient and I just have to keep turning my feet to follow Him and I will be safe in His arms.

Something that has appealed to me over the years and it may be helpful for others as well:

There are 2 animals inside all of us that are constantly at war with each other, our human nature and our divine nature - which one will win? - THE ONE YOU FEED!!!

That is a very good analogy of Romans 7: 15 - 25 and is essential reading for all.

This article is so good and true I am going to keep coming back to it, just for my own edification.

Best regards Tammy,

Jack.

Tamarajo (author) on December 28, 2013:

I really like your practical examples of staying focused and in the right ruts such as scripture postings and visual reminders of where you came from and why you are staying the path.

I too recently began to gather scriptures concerning an area of my unloving flesh to hedge in the path of His will and way and not my own and remind myself whenever the occasion arises.

Thank you so much for your additional wisdom on the topic hope readers glean from your comment as well.

Bless you Bob!

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on December 27, 2013:

Hello Tamarajo!!! I loved your article here. I was reminded of things that I do in response to my own sin that is similar to some of the concepts here. I create a border to my path. I put barriers and hindrances to straying from the path. I do this so in order to do something contrary to God, something that I know I am prone to do, I will have to take down a barrier to get to the sin. Hopefully, by the time I go the extra distance to take down the barrier, I will come to my senses and not commit that sin after all. One thing I do is I put Scripture on post-its on my computer screen. I stare at that continually to remind myself to focus on Christ and not let my eyes stray to things I should not look at. I put a picture of the man who led me to the Lord on the start up screen of my computer because he is like my dad, and who wants to sin in front of dad. I have pictures of my wife and children near so I have them "watching" and "following" my example. I recite Scripture picked for the things that my flesh craves in my way to what has become sin for me, like on the refrigerator to remind me to honor God with my decisions with food, etc. Then those times that I do "bully" my way closer to sin, I am always reminded of the Scripture that says "as an ox on the way to the slaughter" is how a man acts as they run to sin.

Tamarajo (author) on April 23, 2013:

Thank you Skye for all Your encouragement and inspiration. The Word of God is so infinitely amazing I do believe we will be eternally learning and growing in it. As you were saying the more we know Him the more there is to know.

blessed as always by your visit Skye love you too my sister in Christ

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on April 23, 2013:

TJ Dearest sister. WOW. I love it. I so love the Hebrew language. I tell you girl our Lord has truly given you a gift to teach it. Truly He is amazing. God is existence Himself. In Him lives the universe and life eternal. That they might know me. IAM. How could one not want to know Him, sister? He is everywhere in everything. You have done a beautiful work here for the Lord and for all to enjoy and draw nigh unto Him. I have bookmarked this to soak up more sister.

It is like the more we love Him, the more we need Him, the more we want to know Him, the more we love Him, the more we know Him, the more we need Him. He is more real to me in the heart than to the eyes because of the Holy Spirit Amen. Even so He is so real in the eyes. Glory to Glory Sister.

We have our work cut out for us girl. You keep em coming precious child of God. Hey perhaps you will be be my Hebrew teacher in the millennium!

In the name of Jesus girl, I am putting in a request. (:

I Love you tamarajo. Skye.

Tamarajo (author) on April 17, 2013:

Friend of Truth, Your comment makes a great summary of the message. I like your summation that as we walk more and more with Him we come to an ever increasing awareness of the depth of our need for Him.

Thank you for reading and your insightful comment.

Tamarajo (author) on April 17, 2013:

Blossom SB, Glad this revelation was enlightening to you and yes if they are ruts of His righteous ways it is a great thing to be stuck in them.

Thank you for visiting and your encouraging comment

Tamarajo (author) on April 17, 2013:

Thank you Lifegate, Glad you don't mind the bulk of information. Sometimes it can get so concentrated that it is difficult to digest it all. But this is what I love about His Word. It is so saturated with concentrated life that is both practical and spiritual and always so necessary and as we chew it up it is always nourishment to us.

Blessed by your visit and comment

Tamarajo (author) on April 17, 2013:

Hi Chin chin, Amen that we would follow in His ruts of righteousness and teach our children to as well I had thought to include this portion of scripture concerning that exampling how repetition learning and habit work...

"you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth" ~ Deuteronomy 11

Thank you for your visit and for commenting

FriendofTruth from Michigan on April 16, 2013:

Tamarjo, I love your comparison with the path of the cows! It is very comforting to know that God is blessing us with new paths that are righteous. And I am so thankful that as we walk more and more with the Lord that we learn that we cannot live without Him. And needing Him becomes more and more essential to our lives and a way of life that we depend on. I really enjoyed reading this!

God bless you!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on April 13, 2013:

What an interesting and informative hub. It is so clearly set out, too. Maybe I don't need to worry about being in a rut now!

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 12, 2013:

Hi TJ,

Your organization amazes me. So much information, but yet so clear because of the way you present it. Thanks for another masterpiece!

Chin chin from Philippines on April 12, 2013:

Certainly refreshing. It's so nice to have read this hub. May I continue to follow in God's ruts of righteousness as I also teach my children in doing the same. God bless you.

Tamarajo (author) on April 11, 2013:

Lovely additional insight Timlove that our reward is the Lord Himself. Yes and Amen. I want to be pulled into and stuck in His patterns and habits of righteousness.

Blessed to have you stop by and thanks for the supportive commentary.

Timlove from upstate New York on April 11, 2013:

Love it Tamarajo! Oh Lord lead us in your ruts of righteousness that our lives will be transformed for your names sake. our reword is you Lord more of you, more ,more ,more of you lord.

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