Psalms 39:4-5; 90:11-12; 31:14-15
Make me grasp, Adonai, what my end must be, what it means that my days are numbered; let me know what a transient creature I am. You have made my days like handsbreaths; for You the length of my life is like nothing.
Who grasps the power of Your anger and wrath to the degree that the fear due You should inspire? So teach us to count our days so that we will become wise.
But I, trust in You, Adonai; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your Hand; rescue me from my enemies power, from those who persecute me.
Lazybones! How long will you lie there in bed? When will you get up from your sleep? “I’ll just lie here a bit, rest a little longer, just fold my hands for a little more sleep” – and poverty comes matching in on you, scarcity hits you like an invading soldier. (Thief during war).
So we’re back to; what could be causing a state of sleepiness in us. Time is a funny thing, the more we get, the less we value it. I know for myself, time alone isn’t the only thing that seems to dim with abundance. Yet lets take a good look at what caused the people to miss the coming Messiah the first time. First among these would apply to their state of mind right at the time He had entered their midst. Time can weaken resolve, commitment, passion and alertness. We know this in its very basic nature, when we are up for 18-20 hours of a day, the time seems to weaken us as it ticks by. We get tired. I’m pretty sure it’s not needed to explain how impatience grows thick, like a blanket with warmth to compell the eyes to shut. The people of that day were asleep in waiting, Time wasn’t doing its job to their liking.
This drowsiness made them susceptible to deception and hence they forgot where they were to look for Him. Coupled with this deception came delusion that suggested that time was now something they had possession of to do with as they pleased. It’s almost as if, when time stretches out across our hopes, we ‘pay it back’ by giving up. Strange, huh? It’s the ‘cutting off ones nose to kill a flea’. This generation and those since the Messiah’s cloud ride back to Heaven fits right in with those that waited thousands of years for His first promised appearing. God’s not fast enough for us most of the time. That is, until He acts, and then we’re begging to catch up! His first coming fulfilled four of the seven practice rehearsal appointments (Feast) that we have been commanded to keep, in quick order. One day there were seven, ninety days later there were three! God got alot done in short order! They were reeling. At least those who woke up enough to know who Yeshua was before He went back, leaving us with the promise of His return.
It begs more questions:
Is time given to us to spend as we please? (Yeshua’s parable of the investments) Can impatience really make one completely clueless to what’s really going on around us?
Let’s be fair. The Tanakh did not have all these words strung together all in one sequence for them to see.
I will send you, Yeshua Ben Yoseph, Ben Yahweh, and you will want to reject Him, but don’t! He will heal the sick, raise the dead, and be given power to forgive sins before He will willing go to the Cross as the sacrifice Lamb for the whole world, you will kill Him, and I shall raise Him back up in three days time. He will then be found again among you, and give you My last Words before He comes back to My Right Hand in victory to prepare all things for the time I will send Him back to the Wedding for which you are being prepared for and those who will come after you. To vindicate My chosen Ones and end the Tyranny of the Evil ones!”
Nope, this string of words won’t be found all in one book or passage. Yet, they are all there. Spread out like a bridge of Love from Heaven to earth. It took all the Time that made up the Tanakh to get them down just so.
We tend to forget that God’s enemy is watching too. God is smarter, but He’s not Thor the egotistical god that needs to prove He’s God and better than the deciever. Crafty is this enemy, yes, no doubt. So God will out-craft him! And indeed! The deceiver was surprised at His coming the first Time. Sadly he (the enemy) worked hard to make sure no one would wake up in time to see Him. For way too many, Yeshua’s attempt to rouse them was as rejected as He was. So did this surprise God? Nope. Time is God and God is Time. All He is, was and ever shall be, do, say, think, is Him! I Am that I Am! In other words, if He isn’t, then there isn’t anything! His plans and ways are perfect, unlike any kind of perfect we can conceive. Though when you know Him, you begin to see, as through a mirror dimly, but still it’s enough for make us trust Him if we seek Him, without ceasing. His second coming will follow the same pattern as the first. He will be on Time and His enemy will be shocked again, with no pigs left to escape into.
There were important details in the Tanakh to get done prior to His Hand of action coming in swiftly as it did then. Sadly, too many are not taught that the beginning contains the end and the end the beginning. There are signs people grossly miss by not seeing the Bible as a Complete Book. There are over 500 “old testament” references in Revelation alone! This is why people lose heart waiting, the deceiver has put to sleep a vital part of seeing God work exactly as He promised, and His Timing is as precise as the entire Word of God reveals! Yet again, there are vital things that have been at work by God all this Time. As we walk with Him faithfully, we stop being self absorbed about our time and stay true to Time, Himself! The only one being left out on the plan and timing is the enemy! God is busy protecting us! Making sure all that can be awakened will be, making sure the Bride is worthy of Him, making sure all have had a chance to go to the dress rehearsals that remain to be prepared for the Wedding. This is all that is left to do. Oh, sure there is the reckoning to the enemy and his hordes, to those who persecuted and will persecute the Bride. But! We are the apple of His eye! As He is to be ours! Nothing is delayed, nothing is being left out. His victory is sure and our delight in Him is not unfounded! We must not allow ourselves to fall asleep. This action He has placed in our choosing.
1 Corinthians 3:18
Let no one fool himself.
Awake! Awake! Zion! Clothe yourself with your strength! (Our strength is His Voice!) Daniel 10:17-19 – For how can this servant of my Lord speak with my lord, when my strength and breath have failed me? Then, again, someone who looked human touched me and revived me. He said, “You man so greatly loved, don’t be afraid. Shalom (peace) to you; and be strong, yes, truly strong.” His speaking to me strengthened me, and I said, “My Lord keep speaking; because you’ve given me strength.”
…Get up, sleeper! Arise from the dead, and the Messiah will shine on you!
It’s our choice to fall asleep, and our choice to wake up. We only feel trapped by weariness when we have fallen behind and not kept up to hear our Shepherds Voice which keeps the deception from having access to our ability to see.
Let me clarify here. There is s difference between a righteous fatigue and a willful “nap”.The former does not steal our ability to remain steadfast. The latter does, and can cause such delusion so as to make one think they are awake when they are not. This is why we need the body to reflect to the eyes that they are closed. Put into the simplist literal terms. When we are not at attention, we bump into things and it hurts, the part of the body that took the blow, sends the cry to the eyes to…Pay Attention! Wake up! Unnecessary pain, does that. Unwarranted pain is different (persecution).
Exhortation in the Body of Messiah must renew it’s STRENGTH in Him! Full of love, but without hesitation to give a good tap to wake those who are falling asleep. We are all, each one of us, the little second and minute marks of God’s Timepiece where He has us. We must not be put to sleep because we want to be 15 seconds earlier or 25 seconds faster when it’s the Last Hour! Every second is full of such meaning! Full of so much of Him! Let’s not miss it!
The concept of God being Time itself may seem a bit odd. In part 3, we’ll dig deeper into this. Until then, search for Him yourself…you’ll find Time to be very different as you do.
🔯 May the Grace of Adonai cover you, may the Mercy of Adonai motivate you, may the Truth be the light that fails you not, may the Way be the joy of your hours, and may the Love of Yeshua woo, awaken and move you in all you do🔯
He restores my inner person.
He guides me in right paths for the sake of His own name.
Even if I pass through death-dark ravines, I will fear no disaster; for You are with me;
Your rod and staff reassure me.
The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger can share its joy.
I love how a string of events, readings, times; minutes and hours that get lived; fall into one single drop of revelation. This happens all the time. Its almost Gods signature of fulfilling His purpose.
I recently read in a book, a comparison to the Valley of the Shadow of Death to the scripture in Proverbs 14:10. Or rather how they are one in the same.
Then at coffee with a dear sister and friend; we spoke of how desperately we hate our “flesh”. With tears and often lacking adequate words to describe how the “chain of events” and movements of Yeshua (Jesus) inside has brought “suffering” into the bitterness of the me/self; with the purpose of escorting it out to make room for His joy.
These two things in conjunction with readings for devotion, scripture, prayer, and the speaking of His voice during duties during the day; all “zoomed in” to the fine point. These two passages of scripture, unveiled and revealing more than the “eyes” can see.
Indeed the bitterness of the heart, the root of it; is our struggle to die to ourselves. This is the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Evil will do its best to convince us this “death” is final, insane, absurd, even ungodly. Yet David in Psalms 23 shows plainly “the work” we do there.
I will fear no disaster…
The working of the will to fear not. And the hope and reason follows.
For You are with me; Your rod and staff reassure me.
Because He, the Shepherd – Yeshua is with me, His correction and sure guidance a promise for eternity!! Proof of or evidence of this follows as I follow the minutes leading up to this one…He is with me and helping “me” to die! His correction a.k.a. perspective changing/vision correction; His staff of defence and provision evident with each new life breath I take…shows fear to the door and swiftly kicks it into “no-man’s land”!!
Then the second part of Proverbs 14:10 jumps out!!
…and no stranger can share its joy.
Adonai is no stranger to my heart…in its bitterness or its joys! This is a mighty promise! Joy comes only from His hand in the bitterness of my inner-person. No one else can trade in such a “market”. Bitterness and joy are Abba’s passion…making beauty for ashes…strength for despair…gladness for mourning. These are the hallmarks of the pathways to peace…beyond understanding.
The hardest work of the Kingdom of God is done inside where we learn to bend our will into His. Submission to a type of “slavery” to often not knowing our knee from our elbow! Just leaping into action out of trust in Him and all He is teaching, showing, leading, guiding us to do, say and think. I really do die everyday when I take His voice and apply it as the melody to the song He is Singing in and over me…this thing called “my” life. Stooping down in those death-dark ravines, and drinking of the waters that seem dark, murky and less than “fit for consumption”…I drink trusting the Hands that turn water into wine!
Oh the deep deep Love of Jesus!
Reminding us always…for those who make Him their refuge…death is only a shadow, with no substance!
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤
“What do You want me to do, Lord?” Asked a Child of the Redeemed
“What are You doing, Lord?” Screamed a Child at the Redeemer
“If this is Your will for me; help me to do what You will.” Said a Child of the Redeemed
“If this is Your will for me; then You will have to do it.” Said the Child to the Redeemer
“Lord, You are good and because You are the Cause of all…I will worship You with these troubles.” Said the Child of the Redeemed
“Oh God, how can I worship You with all these troubles?” Asked the Child to the Redeemer
“There’s a way that seems “right” to me, Lord. Show me Your way and the exact right will be done.” Said the Child of the Redeemer
“God give me strength to do this thing.” Said the Child to the Redeemer without seeking a better way.
“God in heaven, I praise Your ways and thoughts, see there Your Child who has not and get the glory on earth as in heaven! How can I enter into Your will for them?” The Child of the Redeemer requested.
“God, that soul is lost. I pray for them to read their Bible and ask for Your help.” Judged the Child to the Redeemer
“Yeshua (Jesus) show me how to become an answer to prayer as You have taught us how to pray.” Said the Child of the Redeemer.
“Jesus thank You for teaching me the words to pray.” A child sent a thought to a Redeemer.
“Lord, I thank You that You have shown me how to obey and leave my feelings out of my actions.” Praised the Child of the Redeemer.
“God, change my circumstances so I can praise You, change my feelings so I can forgive, give me x,y, z so that I can truly obey You.” Told the Child to the Redeemer.
“Father, I thank You for my dying many deaths today, my flesh fought hard to win its way. But You Yeshua (Jesus) showed me how, and there’s no doubt You live in me now.” Offered the Child of the Redeemed.
“God forgive my sins today, and the ones I keep repeating. Make me better tomorrow.” Cried the Child to the Redeemer.
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There are such subtle distinctions between each Child’s prayers. Yet they open and close doors between the Kingdom and the world. Can you see them? The small sliver of despondency? The You do for me instead of You do/did and in me? The difference between the changed from moment to moment; and unchanged. One communicates an alive and active relationship with God. One communicates an acknowledgement that God has potential. Both get used by God; one attempts to use Him; the other knows Him. Hidden in the language of “victimization” one defeats and feels defeated. Full of praise and trust in a Real and Present, Just and True, Loving and Guiding Father; even the appearance of defeat does not sway the final trusting choice and invitation to action.
So much focus in today’s society is spent on “here’s what God can do for you”. Like a new chain of store that offers discounted “spiritual fruits”. At a park I was handed a track that said, Get the Most out of Family Life. I opened it and read, the person who handed it to me seemed so dedicated to its message. It read like a point for point on 5 how to’s to get God to make you happy with your family. Scripture was sewn in and around like so much decor. No mention of how we have made God a by-line, a method, a system instead of The Author, Originator, Designer of Family. Not one suggestion to simply ask Him…anything! My heart simply breaks with the breaking of His.
A popular radio broadcast on christian radio belted out the FM Static of “Save Marriages”; and proceeded to focus on gay-marriage verses “real” marriage. I pushed the off button, and asked,
“Lord, would gay marriage even be an issue if “real” marriages hadn’t forsaken You in the first place?
Its so much easier to point out the wrongs elsewhere. Yet if…if…each Child of the Redeemed focused on the Redeemer within them and thereby all their relationships flowed out of the communion with the Creator…what would there be to say then?
How do we miss the mark when there’s only One that’s so obviously missed?
Who is asking these kinds of questions among the “leaders” of our community’s? Who is willing to be the “stumper of pride”? So much fluff about “self-esteem” and only being “encouraging” damns up the river of Living Water we are called to be. Encouraging is mistaken for “making no offence”. How can correction come from such thinking? Not correction as in punishment, but perspective changing. Vision correction. Are eye-doctors shunned for giving glasses to a near-sighted person? Why is correction a four-letter word? I praise the correcting of my vision…because it helps me! This is the kind of help that this scripture means:
If I raise my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come?
My help comes from Adonai, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip –
your Guardian is not asleep.
No, the Guardian of Israel never slumbers or sleeps.
Adonai is your Guardian; at your right hand Adonai provides you with shade – the sun can’t strike you during the day or even the moon at night.
Adonai will guard you against all harm; He will guard your life.
Adonai will guard your coming and going from now on and forever.
The use of the eyes in this passage is no mere matter of convenience! Our vision is in constant need of a “Lens crafter”. Since He is the Maker of heaven and earth, there is nothing on it or in it He doesn’t have an perfect plan and purpose for. So essentially there is nothing too small to not “consult” Him about…much less the “big” stuff.
Are we Children OF the Redeemer?
Or are we Children simply made by Him…unaware of Who He is, and including Him as a matter of convenience when it seems to “fit our need”?
These questions burn within me…and I am placing all I am in the furnace of His answers. I can begin only in me…holding my pace in submission to the Pace-Maker’s promise…that He, Himself will speak to me and lead me. It changes me day to day. Can you hear Him???
“See…I make all things NEW!”
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤