July 7, 2011

The Rudder And The Way Out

Words. What do they really mean? We are told that God created the world with them. We are told that they are a double edge sword. We are told that they have a great power and recompense also to etch them  on our heart.  We are to bind them about our waist, wear them as a garland around our neck, wrap them around wrist and to never let them leave our mouth.  Yet we are encouraged to always speak them, sometimes to hold them, not to give them to fools, they are pearls so do not feed the pearls to swine.  However, we are to speak them even when we know people will not listen.  We are not to withhold them when they will teach, to speak them in love and kindness knowing they can harm or heal and that they have action for good or evil.  But also understand that they overcome evil when we truly believe in them.  Ultimately they give life or cause death.
No doubt when to speak and when to shut ye ole pie hole can become a bit overwhelming…….if we are leaning on our own understanding.  Satan knows this! But God says there is nothing new under the sun, so evils bag of tricks is predicable.  Let’s not be so na├»ve (maybe that is a bit harsh) easily overtaken.  Let’s learn from our dear brother Job who allowed himself to be our biblical example for educational purposes.
If you have ever felt like there is no where else earth for you to go because evil is attempting to force you off the last snippet of ground you are wobbling upon so you might as well just end all the terrible mess……..or better yet just beg God to curse the day you were born.  Then you know how Job felt when he basically said “Job OUT!” 
Today simply read and try to see things as Job was seeing them.  How desperate he must have felt then relate to what you imagine he was internally dealing with by the words that he stated.  Write it down to discuss tomorrow.  Job was much more than sad and if not dealt with he would have become depressed.
Job 3:1-26 (NAS)
Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth: And Job said “Let the day perish on which I was to be born, and the night which said a boy is conceived. May that day be darkness; Let not God above care for it, nor light shine on it.  Let darkness and black gloom claim it;  Let a cloud settle on it; Let the blackness of the day terrify it.  As for that night let darkness seize it; Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months, Behold, let that night be barren; Let no joyful shout enter it.  Let those curse it who curse the day, who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.  Let the starts of its twilight be darkened; Let it wait for light but have none, neither let it see the breaking of dawn; because it did not shut the opening of my mothers womb, or hide trouble from my eyes.  Why did I not die at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?  Why did the knees receive me, and why the breasts that I should suck?  For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest with Kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves; or with princes who had gold, who were filling their houses with silver.  Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be as infants that never saw light.  There the wicked cease from raging, and there the weary are at rest.  The prisoners are at ease together; they do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.  The small and the great are there, and the slave is free from his master.  Why is light given to him who suffers, and life to the bitter of soul; who long for death but there is none, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures; who rejoice greatly, they exult when they find the grave?  Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, and whom God has hedged in?  For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, and my cries pour out like water.  For what I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me.  I am not at ease, nor am I quiet, and I am not at rest but turmoil comes.”
Let us cry out for those in turmoil today.  Together we pray for each other that our faith not fail in order that Christ be glorified.  We remember that we can do all things through Christ who raised conquering death so that we might have life in abundance from the hand of I AM who send us His sustaining truth.  I pray that today you hear His call and turn to Him so that you, we as one might be healed in all ways for all eternity.
With the Love of our Christ covering us as a mighty blanket,