Thursday, January 2, 2014

I Shall Not Want...

"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, and ever."
- Psalm 23.

There is never a time when the L-rd does not look upon our faces with love and compassion; even in the worst of times, He is there as our lover, protector, shield and strength. I admit that there are too many times when I cry out to Him out of the fear of being alone, only to realize that I never, ever have to fear the solitude of the world.

Lately, there has been a lot going on in my life that would warrant distress, and justify anger and confusion - but the L-rd did not come to this earth to Justify our bad behavior. He certainly did not die for that. It is something of a trouble spot for many of us, that when we are faced with the irksome of the world, that we ball up in a corner and cry until we let the Father pick us up, cuddle us, but then to set us straight. We are not infants, but we still are nowhere near grown ups... It has been a challenge, lately, that I still go out into the world and witness on behalf of Him; but also to be witnessed to. Something that was brought up lately is how we should treat, or see, those who we deem less "holy than thou". It was always my understanding that the L-rd, Yeshua, died for all of us - the world. So for us to alienate someone who is going through a rough spot, or someone who has left completely, is to spit on the Name of Messiah.

Those of you without a trouble, sorrow, or issue, may cast the first stone...

And here I am, sitting at a crossroad, trying to figure out if I should sway left or right. But then I hear the Voice of the L-rd say, "My path is straight and narrow, and my gates not easy to enter." So that's when I pick up my cross, and give it to Him... Then He leads me, not to the right or to the left, but straight ahead, not on any path paved by man.

It is often the hardest thing for man - that we should choose the path that is invisible to those who despise Him, and reject Him. When we listen to the direction of those who are blind, then we too become lost. But when we seek the path of the One who created it, the One who sees and hears, even unto His own death - then we will surely enter it.

Are we, the ones who have proclaimed Him as our L-rd, not also on a journey? Are we so foolish that we assume the journey ends with a prayer? Friends, we are on the journey for the longest stretch of the road. Though some may claim to have found freedom, the True freedom comes with the Blood of Messiah, spilled over and overflowed that we may see His face in all of His Glory in eternity.

L-rd, cleanse us, and those who seek to sully Your Name's sake. I ask on their behalf, that their eyes be opened to the pain that they cause. I ask that those who betray You to stay their own fears and sorrows will be bluntly pointed out by Your Hand. I ask that those who are without fault, that You would hand them the stone so that we may know Who is the True Messiah... "and yet there is none...". And though L-rd You are worthy to carry the stone, I thank You and Bless You that You have chosen not to use it on us, but to the one who manifested himself in us, that we would maim and kill and kill with our tongues... for the tongue is the most evil of weapons, as it spreads hate and lies like an uncontrolled wild fire.

Thank You, my G-d and King, that You would choose a people so unlike You to carry Your word throughout the generations. Thank You that Your Mercies are new each day, that You hold no grudge, that You make peace and offering the sacrifice of Your Blood for all those who hate You... Selah.

L-rd, again I thank You so much for the days ahead - for no trial of man is too great for the Wisdom and Mercy that dwells in You. Thank You for the Refiner's fire - that we will shine like pure bright gold.

In Your Name, Yeshua HaMashiach, I pray and bless You... Amen.

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