Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

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1 Samuel 17: 28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

            Siblings often do not appreciate the strengths of one another, but are often quick to point out what they perceive as flaws. Sometimes it seems that way in the workplace, or in organizations as well. Perhaps the problem is deeper than we might think. Are we seeing our own flaws reflected back to us? Are we perhaps sensing some personal inadequacy in the face of one such as David? The youngest are often dismissed as something less than valid, less significant. Perhaps David’s relationship with God was the true bone of contention in their relationship.

            Some of us may have just experienced a gathering of the clan and feel as though we’ve been through the ringer of criticism, doubt, anger, frustration, and any other negative sort of emotion you can think of. While I acknowledge the joy of family gatherings I know many people for whom the idea is anathema to their well-being.

            The lesson from David is this; Do not be diverted from the plan God has laid out for you. In this instance David was affronted for God’s sake. He knew what he could do in God’s strength and went ahead and did it without regard for his sibling naysayers.

Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

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Luke 2:4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born

            I find it a fascinating piece of history that God moved on Caesar’s heart and stirred up in him an idea that he should count all of the people under his dominion. The idea of each one being required to go to their ancestral towns while seemingly strange, served to help the analysts project where certain troubles might come from in the future, and where greater profits might be gleaned from the colonies. Mary and Joseph were both quite insignificant in the whole process, but they were part of the shifting around in order to satisfy Caesar’s curiosity.

            God thought otherwise. So many streams of prophecy came together that it is enough to baffle the imagination. Jesus was born in fulfillment of prophecies dating back hundreds, thousands of years. Thing about these things as we enter this advent season and enjoy the blessing of God’s power and wisdom.

Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

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Philippians 4:8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

            When all the family as gone home, and all the holiday trappinga are put away it can be a wonderful moment to stop and meditate on the presence of Godin our feasting and celebration. I was gratified this year to have a large percentage of family present to share a meal and to interact with one another. At the same time it was just as wonderful in the aftermath to get alone with God my Father and to listen to His voice as he helped me sort out all of the feelings and things I had felt and experienced over the last several days.

            Originally, I wanted to share an image of a rocking chair in a sunlit corner, but I came across this picture in my search and it struck me that that is exactly how I am feeling today. I want to say thank you Lord.

Finding God in the mysteries of every day

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Deuteronomy 8:18

But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Shoppers buy TV sets at a supermarket during a Black Friday sale in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 28, 2019. (Photo by Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP)

            I’ve often wondered what inspires this sort of insanity. I begin seeing supposed “Black Friday” offerings in me e-mail streams as early as August. Are we doing this sort of thing to please or bless loved ones? Does everything really come down to what and how much we can acquire? The ability to buy, the drive to “get” things seems to me to be contrary to God’s plan and desire for our lives. Adam and Eve were blessed beyond imagining, and yet they were tempted by the allure of more. Paul, on the other hand was able to say: But godliness with contentment is great gain.  You may have found yourself caught up in a scene like this today. You have my sympathies. Perhaps it’s time to refocus on the one who has provided the means, not the “stuff”.

Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

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Colossians 3:17 (New International Version)

 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

            Very early in my walk with Jesus I was compelled due to meditation on this verse to re-evaluate my thinking about being a Christian. It’s very easy to “compartmentalize” faith and relegate the principles and commands of God to a conveniently accessed area of our life and to ignore faith the rest of the time. Through my meditations I came to the conclusion that all of scripture points to this crucial conclusion. All to Jesus has been the call of people concerned more about pleasing God than pleasing men down through the ages.

How about you? Do you set aside your faith when you walk out of the Church foyer?

            The original language leaves no room for any kind of backhanded interpretation. “Whatever…” includes everything every aspect every action every attitude. That is consecration. God’s Spirit makes it all possible.

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John 4: 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”Springing up into new life

“What have I gotten myself into?”

Did you ever think these might have been the first conscious thoughts of the Lord Jesus as his mother, exhausted from her labors laid him carefully into the manger (hay mow)? Things were at best difficult for the young mother. But life, the life of God was there in that stable and she had long since found a peace with her circumstances. Through all the rejection, through all the questioning and spurning of even her own family she had peace with God when she surrendered to his powerful Spirit.

In this much romanticized verse we see the seeds of the disillusionment in many young Christians. The hope for comfort, peace, and freedom from strife in the moment tends to cloud the view of the eternal, and that word, eternal, is important. Hard times were coming for the woman and her son, The peace she had as she watched him sleep in that rude place was the peace of eternity.

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Finding GOd in the mysteries of every day

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2 Corinthians 12:10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

            Fragile and fleeting as a butterfly are the strengths of men. While the scripture usually uses the word weakness to refer to moral weakness with regard to the law, there is here, I believe Paul’s acknowledgement of his physical limitations. Athletic types will often tell you to “push through the pain”. Great advice in the moment, but the result is sometimes entry into a whole new world of pain.

            Recognizing where we are on the continuum, strength on the one end, and weakness and inability on the other end with pain ramping up all along the way we need to stop at different points and acknowledge and thank Jesus for whatever strength we do have and to trust Him to help us in our physical as well as our emotional pain. Somehow, suddenly it doesn’t hurt so much.

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Revelation 5:  But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Christus Rex

            Like the apostle John in this beautiful vision,  I am all too often driven to despair as I watch the self-destructive nature of the people all around me. Notwithstanding all of the cruelty abroad in the world, and the presence of evil everywhere I look, when I read this passage and am reminded the Jesus has already conquered all of the mess we have gotten ourselves into I am comforted and have hope. But it’s a sort of good news bad news story. Things will get worse before they get better. I’m not going to sit here and presume to express any particular slant on the “scheduling” of the apocalypse. My Bible tells me that’s none of my business. (Acts 1:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3) I do believe that what the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy has come true before our very eyes. (2 Timothy 3:1-9) And it will get worse, much worse. But as Jesus said to the disciples, “be of good cheer, for I have over come the world.” (John 16:33) I suppose you could call me more of a “pan-millenialist. I believe, knowing what I know things will all pan out in the end.

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Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

            When it seems that destructive forces are coming at yo from every quarter this verse from Isaiah is perhaps one of the most comforting verses of the Old Testament. God’s deliverance of His creation is a pre-emptive strike against those forces whatever they may be. He is os invested he even sent a rescuer, a deliverer who brought to us the power to overcome all of the social weirdness and evil that rises up around us. He has even given His Holy Spirit to combat the evil that we have inherited as a curse from our first parents. (Genesis 3). Some days we are driven to our knees in prayer for the fallen state of the world, but we frequently fail to acknowledge our own duplicity in participating in those systems that perpetuate the inevitable fall. Remember; “It’s not the fall that ‘ll kill ya. It’s the sudden stop at the bottom.

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Matthew 11: 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

            Far too often we have considered this passage as an opportunity to lave all of our labors and to follow Jesus the itinerant rabbi on some sort of endless tramp though a landscape littered with lost souls. Nothing could be further from the truth. What he is inviting you and I to do today is to continue in the work for which we have been created, but to exchange the worry and stress and doubt that leads to the temptations of the workplace and marketplace, and to take up His yoke which means we are pulling with Him in tandem (Synergy) and in the process transforming the workplace and the home into a veritable sanctuary of the Holy Spirit.

            Imagine if you can being able to go with Jesus into the vocation for which you are best suited in the strength and power of Jesus at work within you. Resting in the certainty of the outcome of your life, being comforted and modeling with humility comfort to all around you. Oh how I pray it could always be so. For this I am truly thankful.