It took me possibly hundred times of reading the passage over and over again to realize the Lord’s message was so much deeper in meaning than the actual phrases given me.
It took me possibly hundred times of reading the passage over and over again to realize the Lord’s message was so much deeper in meaning than the actual phrases given me. When Jesus spoke, as he got older, he realized he was man – yet part of the Holy Trinity (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit). More Literally, He spoke in God than that of a Jewish man. These parables quite literally perplexed and confused His disciples and followers during His ministry. Only after His death, resurrection, and the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling in their souls did the disciples receive complete understanding of His purpose and teachings.
There may be long intervals of time between God delivering a message to us and understanding His purpose for us or answer some question we can’t discern ourselves. Even my inability of speaking God in this message hopefully conveys His meaning of the words spoken to the reader. After many hours of prayer and meditation – this is God’s meaning of words He shared through one humble disciple.
“In laughter, learn to weep;”
“In joy, express My sorrow;”
“In the midst of fear, show courage;”
“In the midst of silence, find My word of truth;”
“In anger, find My Love;”
“When lost, learn to seek Me;”
“In death, find life;”
“At the end, there is My beginning;”
“In laughter, learn to weep.” We live in a desensitized world today that finds humor in almost every circumstance. Let me make a point – I’m not talking about things we see that show our Creator’s sense of humor, like children doing those funny things mimicking our daily activities or just humorous things that happen to us everyday. I’m talking about T.V. shows that demoralize the divine covenant of marriage (Different kinds of desperate women), reality shows depicting men and women’s inability to find true fashion, doctors and nurses ability to find intimate relationships in the E.R. in the midst of death and people fighting to live, dating and infidelity caught of tape from a spying group of paparazzi-hungry reporters. Why do we find these types of shows funny or entertaining? Do they make us feel a little easier about comprises we tend to make in our daily walk with God? All this media frenzy causes God’s heart to be filled with sorrow. It is time that humanity understands God’s pain in our laughter concerning sin in the world.
“In joy, express My sorrow.” What makes us happy? I find joy in time spent with my family, singing, or driving anything that has the ability to travel at a high velocity. People find joy placing so much emphasis on the ladder we climb in Corporate America, working to make the Lion’s share in capital gains at the expense of other human beings. Enron is a perfect example of many lives losing it all for a few selfish individuals. Many young teenagers, even younger children find joy in exploiting other’s differences or weaknesses. It starts at such an early age with children picking and choosing who to associate and play with by their appearance or capabilities. They may be heavier, short, not as athletic, not as wealthy, not as pretty and children decide so early their relational socialization. It makes sense that an inborn trait can be traced to the fall of man in Genesis. I believe just a small minority of parents work with children and teens to overcome this natural trait of bias. The sorrow God feels when He witnesses people’s joy in all the unfairness in the world and cruelty to so many from bully’s who sever the human spirit. Isn’t it time we begin to see God’s sorrow in the world’s joy.
“In the midst of fear, show courage.” Could we show courage when we faced our worst fears? I’m not talking about a scary ride at Six Flags; I’m talking about in the face of evil or death. Could we show courage like our men and women are living each and every day in Iraq. One young teen that showed the courage of Jesus, Cassie Bernall at Columbine High, when Eric Harris asked if she believed in God and Cassie lost her life here on earth but showed courage in death for her love of God. When we wake up let’s greet the day with courage knowing God is with us. Do not allow Satan to tempt us with fear in all we do. Embrace the day with courage, God is our strength.
“In the midst of silence, find my Word of Truth.” So many turn their head in witness to others doing wrong in God’s eyes, we see or hear people doing things that are unrespectable, illustrate hatred, full of malice, injustice, showing egotistical pride, and compromising God’s will for our lives. People just sin in the face of God and we that should help these lost souls find ourselves remaining silent when we should share God’s word of truth with them, not in judgment but in love and grace. We may evoke a reaction that might return to us for our efforts in anger, but we will have still planted a seed that God can grow in their life. Now is the time we need to share that word of truth so many souls need to hear.
“In anger, find My Love.” By not being silent we may be told to take a trip somewhere ironically they may be headed if we stay silent. But in this anger I speak about remember God’s Love for all. From the greatest to the least, from the best to the worst in all of us – He loves us unconditionally!
“God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have ever-lasting life.” John 3:16
I read in the newspaper after the Tsunami, that aid began to take a biased cultural turn for the worst. Those who believe in the Muslim faith only helped those who were Muslims. The people who were Hindu only rationed their assistance to their faith-filled followers. It was said by one man who was Muslim, “It seems that those Christians give to all no matter whom or what we are,” and followed with one simple question “I know not why?” It is the sweetest love to share, that love of the Lord when someone is so locked up in anger. Love is hardest when we don’t naturally love what is before us, but God loves us first even when we are not loveable at all. Try loving just a bit harder that man or woman who is angry most of the time, God’s love can melt even the coldest heart.
“When lost, learn to seek me.” Most of us will sooner or later have a time in our life when have grown distance between God and ourselves. It may or may not be intentional, but all us experience times where we fall away from God. We may hit the very bottom of our barrel of life before we realize God will accept us back just as the prodigal son who came back home to the father in Luke 15:11 – 31, we may be lost and still be found by a loving God who accepts us as we are, and from where we are. “Learn to seek me” speaks wisdom to any person that has traveled all the avenues and came up wanting, or feeling a void that could not be filled. “My son, the father said, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:31.
“In death, find life.” We mourn death in our lives because it pierces our spirit in the loss of a loved one. Nothing could be more painful than the loss of a child preceding a parent’s death. The most recent deaths of the teens in Florida from the shark attacks have had my soul in such a mournful state. My family just returned from Florida and I can’t imagine the pain the parents must be feeling in their loss. I try, as a Christian, to find sense of the situation in death but have difficulty understanding at times God’s will in it. But my faith that there is a place where we end the small speck of our existence here on earth for an eternity that can only be measured as one grain of sand, to all the grains of sand on every beach in the world. In my extreme hurt of the physical loss of that being in my life I find comfort in knowing that person is in the presence of Jesus.
There is life in death; “At the end, there is my beginning.” What will this beginning be? In my walk of Christian faith I have heard many stories about the beginning at the end of a life. Two stories stand out so vividly in my mind; one man who had lived a life of anger and self-centeredness experienced his beginning at the end of his life with his family pleading him to realize the forgiveness of God and His abounding love. Yet the man held fast to his lifestyle he had led until he took his last breath. The pastor who was there in the room for his family reported to say, “He left this world with his fists clinched and such a frightened expression upon his face, one could only see fear and horror in him.” And much to the opposite of this story another encounter of death’s beginning was reported by the same pastor experiencing a woman leaving this earth with what he described as a glow upon her face. He said, “With her arms outstretched as if she was taking the hand of someone; she smile as she took her last breath in complete peace.” Is there a beginning at the end? The assurance I find in God’s promise helps me to know that same peace knowing His beginning awaits me at my end on this earth.
“I Am.” Moses spoke to God through the burning bush in Exodus 3: 13 -14; Moses asked God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am.” This is what you are to say to the Israelites; I Am has sent me to you. So I end in hopeful acknowledgement that God has sent me to you who read this article with these words God shared with me. Although I acknowledge they may have different meaning to each that read them, my hope that all who pray over God’s message to me find His divine purpose for everyone in them.
In His Grip,