“So if God is such a loving God, how could he, in the Old Testament, command the slaughter of innocent babies and women and every living thing?” And with that, his laughter was more of a closing statement. “I’ve got you and you know I’m right.”
Worse yet, I felt he did have me, even though I was convinced he was wrong.
I said, “Whoa, that’s profound.” When I live in guilt instead of forgiveness, it will continually say, “This is as good as you get. You are no better than this. You could have had that, but…If only you had done this… but…” “You always do that. You’re never gonna change.” Guilt will tell you all about your weakness. It makes us feel small. It declares me a failure in some degree. It never celebrates my dignity and worth. It always tells me that I fell short; I screwed up; “If I had just been stronger…” Guilt points out my deficiencies. And when I listen to guilt, I cannot love who I am; the person that God made in his image and likeness.
The lie around Sabbath is that we can’t stop before the work is done. The work will never get done. The urgency of the situation never diminishes for long. We don’t wait till it is convenient to stop. We stop and listen to the voice of Holy Spirit because we cannot afford to be making decisions when our spirit is tired and worn down. It leads to striving and it places heavy expectations upon our staff. Sabbath is God’s gift to us; not our obligation to him. Understand again who it is we are talking about and listening to.
“It’s not your location that determines the quality and content of what you hear. It is the filter you choose to apply. You can be in the most oppressive of sounds and still be able to hear my voice. I AM the voice behind the noise. Life is about learning to hear what most others miss. I’ve mentioned this ability often. If you have ears to hear, then listen ~ you will hear the intended, the authentic, the sound from which all creation formed.”
In a time when no one knew the earth was a sphere; when no one knew about the poles to the north and south, God established an East/West continuum.
I’ve been told most of my life that I should find my delight in you. I’m adapting to the thought that you might find your delight in me. I’ve travelled through too many years of performance to readily grasp that the ‘me without the performance’ is all that you want.
“I think people need to realize that they can’t kill the Source of Life. Kinda like trying to break jello or squeeze mercury. Life is my domain. No one else controls it. They just steward it for their season on earth and then they return to me.”
I would like to know the real I Am. The I Am that observes the coming and going of humanity. The I Am who looks upon injustice and cruelty. The I Am, who by your very name implies complete control while withholding your judgement and involvement, allowing unthinkable things to transpire.
It’s interesting how I tend to shortchange Scripture; omitting some parts and skimming over others. Yet if I pause and reflect upon what You have said (Isaiah 55:3, 8-9), I begin to live.
When we’ve been wronged, or we see things that are disturbing because of their cruelty; what do we want? ~ Justice.
When we’ve done something wrong; when we know that we have wronged someone; what do we want? Justice? ~ No. We want mercy.
What do mobs cry out for? ~ Justice. As mobs get violent; smashing windows, burning cars, throwing rocks, or worse ~ Do you believe that anyone in that crowd wants to receive justice?
What makes us so quick to demand something so righteous, when we are not prepared to receive it ourselves?