As beings stuck in the constant flux of time, perserverance is our birthright. With time, one waits. With any given amount of duration, man must endure for it to pass. But man is a weak animal. Man is fallen. We do not do as we should in the time that we’ve been given. We seek out only pleasure to fill the monotony of time and therefore save us from any responsibility we’ve been tasked to fulfill, as well as save us from our duty as God’s children.
As mere pleasure seekers, we often denounce true living as God has instructed so that we might be entertained or engaged in any activity that might assist time in being more bearable. Since it is said that the delayment of pleasure is a sign of maturity, we must then assume that seeking pleasure above all is a sign of immaturity. God knows these things, of course, and that is why He blessed us with a surefire way of staying on the straight path of righteousness and a sense of purpose. That way is the word amen. Unfortunately, though, man’s sin nature is so naturally at odds with God that he has perverted and bastardized the deeper sense and significance of that one word.
It is common knowledge that amen means ‘verily,’ or ‘truly.’ However, the word is said so carelessly today that we forget the profound levels of promise it affirms. We have become information addicts in the present technological era we have created, and as such, words have become so empty. With so much data flung around without thought of their implications, why care about one measly word? The reason is simple: it’s God’s way for us to establish a personal covenant with Him. A promise that we keep in response to the promises kept by Him.
The early church fathers said amen at the end of every prayer, invocation, blessing, thanksgiving, and intercession. It was the means by which they invoked their prayers’ fulfillment. When they gave thanks to their Lord and Father, that said amen to affirm their appreciation for His gifts with a deeper, more spiritual perception. When they asked God for better eyes by which to see Him, the utterance of amen was their acknowledgement of the work they had to perform in order for their request to be met. Amen was a serious matter, seen as a means to vow to God one’s giving of his or her time and resources to meet Him halfway in bringing about His Kingdom; and now it seems that its power has been lost. Today, congregations in churches across the world say it in a ritualized, empty manner. It has become only tradition. People today do not feel the inherit responsibility entrusted to them by God to perform their holy appointed duties. This leads to promises being broken, acts of forgiveness denounced and abandoned, relationships destroyed by conflict, and shame felt by all.
This is not what God wants. God has riches and blessings beyond measure that He wishes to bestow upon you. He wants to appoint you as a royal of His mystical, maginificent court. But as always, feeble man hands over the blame of ther problems to their maker. We are yet unable to understand fully our part in the relationship. We are meant to say amen as a guarantee to God our consent and participation in His plans.
Therefore, please, be mindful of the sacred weight some words possess. There is a special elite class of words related to the spiritual world. These are the expressions and phrasings that strive to say the unsayable, and teach the unteachable. As such, these terms are deserving of our respect. Religious recitations and utterances are, as such, holy and deemed fit only for matters between us and God. The weight of amen cannot be assessed or regulated. Meditate on the importance of this word, and strive to fulfill the meaning in its usage. Understand in your heart, not just your mind, that we are given purposes and reasons for existing in time as we do. Make your promise to God to utilize your time in as godly a manner as can be attained.Quiet contemplation should tell you to Follow His lead. Enter the passageways He has opened for you. This is what God wants for you, and by doing it, slowly improving with practice, you will see the problems that God has not intended for you begin to dissipate as if of their own volition.