Life Mastery, Mystery

Vanity of Vanities

“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” Viktor E. Frankl, Austrian Neurologist, Survivor of the Holocaust & Author of Man’s Search for Meaning.
After years of much learning through observation, research and experimentation, the wisest king who ever lived made a simple yet troubling conclusion on life: “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12:8). Unlike Frankl, this is not the musings of a suffering sage, this is the wisdom of a pleasure-seeking monarch. Solomon lived in a time of peace and he gave expression to whatever desire he had. Apart from being the king of Israel, he built such an impeccable organization that drew the attention of distant civilizations, that came en masse to witness the rarity of his intelligence, and his palace became a museum of sort for political excursions.
Hence, it is neither poverty nor fatality that made Solomon to pen this brutally candid treatise on the meaninglessness that chokes all of life and sucks out any kind of enduring pleasure or fulfilment in it. This was a man in his right senses. Fully engaged in the business of steering a kingdom and perhaps producing blueprints for political advancement, yet his innermost being could not dismiss a deep-seated dissatisfaction he had with life.
Vanity or meaninglessness is an inescapable reality that challenges your experience of life, regardless of your position, status, education, religion, race, culture etc. It seems to me that once you are born into this world, the question of meaning begins to confront you at some point in life and it never leaves you until you settle it. Usually, when this inner craving for meaning begins, we misrepresent it as a desire for something we don’t have like a job, house, car, spouse, children, vacation, wealth, position, education, status and so on.
Your experience of life by now, should have proven you wrong except that you will not learn that lesson with one or a few instances in your own experience. You will maintain that you are feeling like that because there is something else that you don’t have. And when you get that thing, you will be excited! Your dream is coming to pass. But “…oh no, the feeling is back!” The dream becomes a nightmare. “Why am I feeling like this in spite of having ‘this and that’?
You feel like that because you think the things you get in life (as listed previously) are the producers of joy and fulfilment (the two key indicators of meaning/purpose). Even as beautiful as positive relationships can be (which happens to be more satisfactory than personal achievements), that in themselves cannot clear the dark cloud of vanity that rests forcefully on the human spirit. There is something beyond this cloud, beyond this darkness that has the answer to the persistent tugging upon your heart, the struggle to understand life, even your own life, and perhaps to reconcile the paradoxes of life.
What is that thing?
Light. Not just enlightenment but divine illumination. The human soul has great potentialities and it does get some glimmers of light every once in a while. But the problem with that is, this light is not sufficient to clear the cloud of uncertainty and vanity off of your spirit. These kinds of lights are lights that helps you to make sense of life within the status quo or larger context of darkness. That’s like having a lit candle or torchlight to see your way in the house at night when there is no electricity. If there is power supply, then in the context of the house, there is no darkness, but what about outside the house? Even with the streetlights and all the lighting systems of modern and postmodern civilization, they do not deal with the larger darkness. They only take care of the immediate need for sight (vision) but does not change the night to day.
Philosophers, psychologists and scientists generally have some good things to say and have made great contributions to the experience of life but you must know that this is offering a little light in the larger context of darkness. Although, with these great disciplines, man has discovered a lot about himself and his environment, yet he has not resolved the mystery of his reason for being. The questions of “Who am I?” (identity), “Why am I here?” (purpose), “Where am I going?” (destiny) are questions that require a penetrating illumination from above the cloud of vanity that buffets man. When this illumination occurs, there is a link between heaven and earth, and a privileged “trafficking” will commence that totally shorts out the “vanity of vanities” that afflict mankind. The only thing that has penetrated this globalized sense of meaninglessness, and has pierced the unfortunate cloud of vanity upon humanity is the cross.
The cross of Jesus Christ, creating a permanent vertical link between you and heaven, that horizontally (instantly) goes into your past to deal with the hurts, painful memories, sufferings and adversity, removing its sting and poison from afflicting you in the present, and charts a course of destiny ahead of you that does not only meet your expectations but exceeds your longing for joy, fulfilment and purposefulness.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, all Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Grace, Mystery

The Predestination of the Believer

I find it difficult to accept some (or is it most?) of the things taught among believers today. We discuss issues of predestination only to satisfy our intellectual curiosity, you know, to search out, as it were, the secret things of the LORD which has not been revealed (Deuteronomy 29:29). And a lot of these have turned the body of Christ into fractured parts, that are divided along the lines of every conceivable section of biblical thought, taken too far, and losing it’s complementary position in the midst of other doctrines (teachings) in the entire counsel of God. 

Every doctrine of the word of God is a piece of the puzzle. No one piece is the entire puzzle. Just like no one believer or no one group is the entire body of Christ. The only way to understand God’s word, without creating unnecessary factions in the body, is by putting every single teaching in scriptures, side by side, precept upon precept, fixing the puzzle as it were, in order to arrive at the image of Christ. If most of us believers will do this one thing, we will find more than 80% of our seeming differences resolved, without any extraordinary intervention.

Many of us are holding on to certain interpretations of God’s word that excludes other factors stated in the same scriptures, but which we have willingly chosen to be blind to. 

A candid check

I have a suggestion for you. Can you check what you or your group believe in the light of the rest of scriptures? Is there a clear rebuke from scriptures against the extreme you have taken certain interpretations you have of an aspect of God’s word? Why would you not want to reexamine what you believe? Obviously traditions are very powerful, and people will rather die believing errors than allow the whole counsel of God’s word to put them in order.

Take for instance the issue of predestination. I have wondered why it has always been discussed in the light of Esau and Pharaoh, which creates this nagging doubt in many believers, wondering whether they can ever be sure of their salvation. Yet, in those same scriptures, we see God saying some strong words to every one who believes in Him, which if we simply believe, we will experience the end result of what He said. Here are a few scriptures:

Ephesians 1:4-5 KJV

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: [5] Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

John 10:28-29 KJV

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. [29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Romans 8:28-29 KJV

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. [29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The case of Esau

You see for yourself that these scriptures are not written for our debates, rather it is written for our understanding, which if we believe, we will receive the result He promised. The question of not been sure we have been predestinated or not really does not arise from these scriptures. Even in Esau’s case, you only need to compare scriptures to see that the result of his life was his choice, as it is with the rest of us. Please compare Genesis 25:22-23 with Romans 9:10-14.

God’s declaration of hatred against Esau happened after the fact. You will see that in Malachi 1:3. The only thing stated in Genesis was the fact that the elder shall serve the younger. And that is not strange as we see in the case of Joseph, who being the youngest after Benjamin, was served by his entire family, not for any wicked reason, but as Joseph himself said, to preserve a posterity (Genesis 45:7). Hence, the fact that God said the older (Esau) will serve the younger (Jacob) doesn’t look like wickedness at all. 

It was merely a matter of function, an office of divine assignment that Jacob was called into, to serve his own generation. Remember that age is not always the yardstick for a higher responsibility in God’s programme. David was the last son of Jesse, forgotten in the fields with the family livestock, yet he was God’s chosen king for Israel. And you know what I mean, while age could mean seniority, it is not always God’s priority for determining who will lead.

What about Pharaoh?

Here is one rule we must always have in mind: while predestination is within God’s province, decision (choice) is given to all of us, to allow every man to freely choose the course of his own life and the end that results as a consequence. I believe, according to God’s word, that God knows the end from the beginning, but that is not a knowledge He shares with anyone (especially as it relates to the eternal fate of man) since it directly violates the condition necessary for man to choose freely.

Yet, we can know how we will end by simply believing His word of promise and obeying it. Those who don’t believe and refuse to obey can also be sure of their end. Hence, it is not a matter of God determining a person to fail such that he has no choice in the matter; rather it is a matter of God equally giving us the opportunity to choose. Please note that ‘whosoever’ in John 3:16, which means anyone, is free to come to Jesus to believe, and scriptures emphatically declares that they shall be saved. In the same vein, anyone is free to refuse the call to salvation, and God’s word is equally clear about the destiny of such a person (John 3:18, 36).

The fact that the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart was an action taken after a period of “longsuffering” (bearing with him in the hope of a change), which marks the giving up of a person “…to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:28 KJV). So we see in Romans 9:16-23, two types of vessels, vessels of wrath and vessels of mercy (v. 22-23), which are also called vessels unto dishonour and honour in verse 21. These are the two categories of people that God has determined. The analogy of the potter and the clay in verse 21 again reinforces the idea that we all have a choice in the matter. You are the clay, God is the potter; if you cooperate with Him, you will turn out a vessel of mercy (v.23), and if you don’t, then you have chosen to be “…fitted for destruction” (v.22), a vessel of wrath. 

Romans 9:19-20 KJV

“Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? [20] Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it , Why hast thou made me thus?”

The reason why you can’t question God about the outcome of your life, as it says in verses 19 and 20 above, is that you have been made exactly as you have chosen. Yes, God is sovereign and He knows the end of all things, yet within the scope of our own human understanding, we enter into either of the two possible outcomes (vessel of mercy or wrath) simply by choice. 

By faith, you can become a vessel of mercy like Paul and by unbelief, you can become a vessel of wrath like Pharaoh. Now look at this in Exodus concerning Pharaoh: “And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.” Exodus 10:3 KJV.

Now, let’s be honest, if God determined Pharaoh to be destroyed, why was He asking him this question? Did you know that all the 10 plagues of God’s wrath against Egypt were not just an arbitrary display of power, it was God giving Pharaoh the opportunity to choose what kind of vessel he will become? Even when Pharaoh finally released the Israelites, after the 10th plague – the death of his firstborn son and all first borns in Egypt – he still arose in anger to pursue them to the red sea, where he destroyed himself. So, we see that God gives everyone the opportunity to choose the outcomes of their lives. 

What is your predestination?

If you have come to Jesus, you need to take God’s word seriously, for all its worth. Why should you be clueless about how you will end when He has revealed in His word (unless you don’t know) that He has “… chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” (Ephesians 1:4). As you can see, the one who is saved already should read and learn that he has been chosen to be holy and blameless. This is God showing you “the good pleasure of his will” for you which if you believe, you are (then) “…predestinated… unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself…” (Ephesians 1:5)

It is your choice! Just as the new birth occurred by faith, the entire Christian life is by faith. That’s why the scriptures say, the just shall live by faith, that is, the one who has been justified and declared righteous will continue in this state of righteousness only by faith. By believing that God has chosen me to be holy and blameless in Christ, that is how I am able to partake of His divine nature, and by that experience I confirm my predestination as a vessel of mercy and honour. 

Once you believe, it will produce the effects mentioned in John 10:28-29 and Romans 8:28-29. Jesus spoke so strongly and it is only for those who believe. What will be the proof of my faith? That which His predestination was designed to produce in me must then be seen by men (Matthew 5:16). 

Matthew 5:16 KJV “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Remember in Ephesians 1:4-5, God’s predestination will produce holiness of life. It is not your works but His own works done beforehand (Ephesians 2:10), which your total trust and rest in the Saviour will make manifest. So the works that God has already done before the foundation of the world actually gets done in our lives as we believe; and those are the good works we do as a result of His new life in us. (Titus 2:7, 14; 3:8, 14, 2 Timothy 3:17, Hebrews 10:24, James 3:13, 1 Peter 2:12). 

If you are still postponing the time of your salvation, the only thing you can be sure of is the outcome related to your current condition of sin, and not a future condition of righteousness. You cannot expect to receive the consequence of a life that you have not yet chosen. So, “…To day if ye will hear his (Jesus’) voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.” (Hebrews 3:15 KJV – parentheses mine). The only time you are sure of choosing heaven is when you have chosen Jesus. He is standing at the very door of your heart now, waiting for you to open to Him (Revelation 3:20). Let’s pray together:

Lord, I am willing to open to you. Please come into my life now and make me whole. I repent and forsake my sin and I receive and embrace your righteousness. Help me to trust you and take you at your words. Let me live henceforth with the certainty that comes with your new life in me. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen. 

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Grace, Life Mastery, Mystery, Spirituality

Union with Christ

Ephesians 2:1 

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;” KJV

“In the past you were spiritually dead because of your sins and the things you did against God.” New Century Version

“AND YOU [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins” AMPC

There is no life in Christ Jesus without the death of the former life of sin. In fact, the continuous experience of life outside Christ, after you have been saved, brings upon you the accumulating death that sin normally incurs to a climax (Romans 6:23), and if continued long enough, a climactic spiritual death that occurs as a final judgment of the sin that has ruled for so long. 

The final death that breaks the dominion of sin was the death of Christ, our substitute; and by our deliberate union or identification with Christ, we, who have come to Christ, have now passed from (spiritual) death to life.

Hence, it is those who realize that they “…were dead in trespasses and sins” who can experience resurrection to a better life, the life of Christ. “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin…” (Romans 6:11). The deed has been done. Victory over sin and all the effects of sin have been achieved by Christ. There is nothing to be done again. It is now left for you to reckon it as the truth and make it the principle/rule for your life henceforth. The death of death occurs when we refuse to reckon the perfect work that was done. (Death of death is not used here as Death dying but as a double situation of death)

We have received all that we are in the new creation through our union with Christ. The only way to freedom from any besetting sin at work in your life, as a Christian, is not to cry or pray “warfare” prayers or go for deliverance. The right way is to recognize your union with Christ, the fact that you ARE one in Christ, in His death and in His resurrection. 

So that when you pray, you will not be begging God to save you from what He has already saved you from in Christ; you will only give thanks to God and then “pray” that understanding into your spirit man. It is treasonable to think or declare that something else needs to be done to set you free from your peculiar sins. Christ has done it; your faith in what He has done is what brings you experientially into Union with Christ, where you will literally experience the victory that is accustomed to your new position (Ephesians 2:5-6).

Reckon means “to take into account, compute, impute, to take an inventory, having the like force or weight…” The same weight of consideration you give to the death of Christ is to be your consideration of your own death to sin. And the same force with which He was raised in resurrection is to be seen as how you have also been resurrected into newness of life. If you don’t take the inventory of all that Christ’s death has purchased for you because of your identification with Him, you will keep struggling to pay for your freedom again, as if the full price was not paid by the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Now, as many as believe that they are saved by grace, and still refuse to reckon that they are dead to sin, and “…alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:11) are doubly dead. It is a mighty blindfolding that has come upon them, that makes them unable to see the perfect work of redemption. This blindness is usually because they are not taught (Romans 10:14) or they refuse to believe if they were taught (Hebrews 5:12). They are dead twice because, even though they are dead to sin through Christ’s death, they cannot practically experience the resurrection life UNTIL they “reckon” – accept, believe, confess – their death to sin through Christ. 

And since they do not come alive into the newness of life, their death to sin, not being reckoned – accepted, appropriated, believed – becomes double death. That is the death that the nature of sin in their lives have already incurred, which invites God’s wrath, and the “unused” or unreckoned death of Christ for them, which reactivates the verdict of spiritual death upon them afresh.

Hebrews 6:4-6 

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened…And have tasted the good word of God…If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” KJV

Not accepting the death of Christ as the end of your sin (and the power of sin over you and the former desires you had for sin) means you reject that perfect substitutionary and sacrificial death of Christ, of which you must now come under the judgment/wrath of God afresh, to become confined to (a life of) spiritual death. If you don’t believe that the death of Jesus is the end of sin in your life, you have rejected God’s means of perfect deliverance from sin, by which you were justified, and you must now appear before the court of heaven alone, as it were, to receive the full wrath of God for your sins. The destruction that results is self-inflicted and needless. And it is the only destiny for those who choose to set aside the righteousness of God, to establish their own righteousness, by trying to “work” for victory over sin, rather than accept the work that has already been accomplished by God in Christ (Romans 10:3-4).

John 3:18 KJV

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

*NOTE: Until you have reckoned what Christ has done, and settled into your new position in Christ, you do not have the appropriate foundation to receive the building blocks of further instructions of “what to do” into your life (Ephesians chapters 4-6). The instructions of how we are to live, in scriptures, are building blocks for a life that already have the foundation upon which to build the structure of Christlikeness. The foundation is Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11) and our understanding of what He has done for us (Ephesians chapters 1-3)

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Leadership, Mystery, Relationship, Spirituality

Church in the wilderness

David was concerned for the LORD. He wanted God to dwell in a proper house instead of the tents. God dwelt in tents/tabernacles in those days because His people were still moving from place to place. They had not yet been settled and He could not yet dwell in a permanent place. Now, that God had settled His people in their own land, God cannot remain in a temporary dwelling or location among His people. A house must then be built for Him.

Likewise, I believe that at this particular point in history, more than any other time, we need to build God a permanent house. There was a time when God’s work on earth was on a “movement” basis. A movement is a good thing. It was an exodus from sin and worldliness to the Canaan of God’s promise. This is signified today by the general search among God’s people of the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). Churches today are full of people who have been in other systems or denominations before now. Even my own self, I have been moving from place to place. From C&S to CAC, from CAC to Methodist… to Winners …to RCCG. And I have moved from parish to parish (within RCCG) too due to change of location and a clear leading in my spirit in the last 20 years.

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A movement is an indication of the slow progress of the church or God’s people to settle into the Promise (-d land) of God for them. A movement is a ministry in the wilderness. It is a work to a people who are reluctant to enter into God’s rest (Hebrews 3:10-11, 18-19; 4:6,11). While they have been saved from Egypt (sin), they refuse to go into the Canaan of victory and overcoming life. Most of God’s people and workers are content with this erratic movement (that does not arrive in the overcoming life), where they have been saved from sin but they have not entered into rest…where they can only offer the barest minimum of their time, resources etc to the LORD and have no need to offer their entire life as living sacrifice.

A wilderness ministry is not an effective witness to the nations, even though there are many signs and wonders. Since the expression of God is limited, the tent or tabernacle continues to be folded up when the people need to move, to be reset again when they stop, there is no effective testimony of God to the world. This constant folding up of the tabernacle to be reset again is the constant feature of a movement and is seen in the folding up of works and ministries and setting up of new ones. Another key feature is the incoherence of the picture, witness or testimony of God we are presenting to our generation.

Now that David is sitting in His house, now that Christ has been sitting at the right hand of God, God’s house must be built. He is no longer interested in “movements”. The church to be caught up… and that He is coming for is one without spot or wrinkle. It is a church, not a scattered movements of “saved” souls.

First, for God’s house to be built, each believer must now accept all the terms of the New Covenant and do away with the old (Please note that it does not mean to do away with the first 39 books of the bible; it simply means to now do away with every shadow where the New Testament has clearly provided and updated us with the substance). The house of God that needs to be built is the temple that God has declared as resident in the hearts of those who are saved. Each believer must now immediately become a disciple of Jesus Christ, following Him to enter into the rest He has provided, a life of constant victory over sin. That in itself is a testimony for God. In movements, people keep cooling off in their devotion to Christ and then another movement arises that wakes them up. That is only possible because God has not had a permanent place among us.

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Second, God needs an expression of the body of Christ in every place. A new and true expression of Christ that works gradually to leaven the whole lump of God’s predestinated remnant (elect and saints) everywhere (Galatians 5:9, Revelation 5:9). David (Christ) is already sitting on the throne (2 Samuel 7:1) and His kingdom has been made everlasting (Psalm 145:13, Daniel 4:3, 2 Peter 1:11); the New Covenant has kicked in and it can never be reversed (Hebrews 8:13) hence it is time to build God a permanent house. God has no church to “rapture” yet if we remain in the wilderness of “movements”. The end is here and the LORD is near, very near. We must drop our petty doctrines that divide us and puts us in pockets of movements, and build what will last, i.e. enter into the promise of God’s rest, an overcoming life that is a testimony to the fact that Jesus came in the flesh and made the life of God available to all who will simply trust and follow Him.

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Encouragement, Mystery, Spirituality

Why don’t you want to suffer?

Life is after all a school.
…an institute may be.

There are classes and tutors;
Class mates & seniors.
That explains why you can’t run your show by the rules of a class different from yours!

All the rules, guidelines and entire curriculum are determined by the learning objectives of each class.

But regardless of what class you are in today, everyone in this great school must register for one of the core courses.

There are courses like Happiness, Family, Love, Calling in the School of Life. But the one that seems to determine your progress with the remaining courses is Suffering.

As undesirable as it is, everybody has either been through it or will go through it. Indeed, some may be going through it now. Suffering is a difficult thing. It subjects you to, kind of, a lockdown. Like the Lord Christ, all resources of life is temporarily withdrawn from you except volition!

Yes your choice! The decision to compromise your values in a moment of suffering or to uphold it is a fierce contest you are in, in that time space.

Whatever you do, is what you are rewarded for after the entire ordeal is expired. For some, the reward is enjoyable; for others…they just have to live with it!

You know what I mean?

Taking that course and going through that season of suffering is what ushers you in to change. The Old wineskin is removed in preparation for the new wine. The process of separating what must end now in your life in order to gain capacity for what is to come is suffering.

Hence, suffering is not an enemy; it is your ally. When it comes, it is in your own best interest. You are subjected to all kinds of pain and discomfort, just to ascertain your inner worth and expose your true motives and nature.

It is a time when humility is easily embraced. Or what else would you do when you’re introduced to your real self – the self you’ve never known! Regardless of your inner discomfort with all the drama, accepting these “new” ramifications of yourself and submitting to principles challenging them is what makes you come out of the furnace of suffering refined as gold.

“Old things have passed away; all things have become new.”

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Life Mastery, Mystery, Spirituality, Work

Be still…

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The rate at which the world is spinning these days is no longer jet-like…we don’t really have an accurate expression to describe our “predicaments” anymore.

Is it information overload? Or repetitive cycle of night and day? Or how we have lost the sensible space between breakfast, lunch and dinner? They all happen so fast and always catching us unawares that we seem to surrender at their slightest threat to attend to their demands. Or should we just say, we have lost control over our lives?

We all live in several multiple worlds than we can possibly admit or account for. And the interconnectedness? That’s right! Everybody wants your attention and you wonder if you really know yourself anymore as you watch with characteristic detachment your life tossing back and forth in a game of ping-pong with more players than two.

You may not agree with me but here is what I just told myself yesterday:

“You can’t move at the rate the world is moving. It is endless and it will only kill you before your time.”

While hard-work is one of the hallmark of responsible citizenship, the amount of work done (volume) does not necessarily determine compensation these days. Yet there is a crystal star shining conspicuously through this darkness. Man can be attentive to God. He can listen for direction. He can choose calm over noise. And he can…hear a voice behind him saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it”. Such a direction (sometimes through his intuition) might eliminate our clumsiness and cluttered state. Such a revelation can simply put before you the activity (or the particular opportunity) that will generate the best outcome and then you are narrowly saved from wasting your energy on what is bound to fail.

Be still! It might be a word that will come to you and when you refuse to react to issues (or people) as they arise, you then speak such a word and it becomes a “word of wisdom” that calms the storm and saves you from unnecessary heartaches. Meanwhile if you had spoken like others, you would have multiplied confusion or attract enough suspicion to yourself as well as offense as the case may be.

What can it be? Anything at all. Can you stay still and save yourself from untold hardship that might result from your verbal retaliation? Can you wait and sense which of the dazzling opportunities before you will make it? We just have to find a way to make life work more than whatever our experiences are currently. One of which is to “be still and know that I am God”.

 

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Scripture Quotations are from Isaiah 30:21 and Psalm 46:10, in that order.

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Mystery & Reason

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“Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity.”

“The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.”

“The one created thing which we cannot look at is the one thing in the light of which we look at everything—Like the sun at noonday, mysticism explains everything else by the blaze of its own victorious invisibility—Detached intellectualism is (in the exact sense of a popular phrase) all moonshine; for it is light without heat, and it is secondary light, reflected from a dead world.”

— G K Chesterton

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