There are times when a thought or deed from the past will seemingly jump into my thoughts either to cause guilt or embarrassment. If I am not alert, I will entertain these unwanted thoughts. The past can either be from years ago or yesterday. Today it was from earlier this morning when I became irritated at something my husband said. As I prayed about this I was led to Psalms 136:3-5 which states “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing or regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
As I continued to pray with these verses, I realized I am perfect spiritually, but never humanly! Then I knew that I am a Spiritual being made in the image and likeness of God, not a worthless material being! Today I pray to know this better.
Some years ago, I recall a book and movie entitled “The Stepford Wives” which depicted this town with robotic women who had perfect homes, humanly perfect appearances and not a human care in the world. Not only was this frightening to me, but boring as well. The reality is that we live in a Spiritually perfect world but we are to see through God’s eyes which are love. Sometimes there is a temptation to want everything to be perfect humanly, but that can never happen and the material senses will never make sense. Keeping our focus on God is the only way to see perfection, which will never have imperfection of any kind.
Romans 8:15-16 reads “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” This means spiritually, not materially.
Recently, I have been studying Job and feel quite sure most of us has related to him at one time or another. Humanly, it looked as if he had lost everything and it says that he was a God-fearing man so I never felt he was being punished for something. So often, we want to find a reason for our ailments or challenges when actually, it is never about us but just the opportunity to learn more about God and our relationship to Him.
Job 42:10 reads “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Job had twofold.” I love that verse! When I reach out to God releasing all fear and concern about me, I am gently nudged to pray for mankind. Healing comes when I truly let go and let God be God.
For years, many questions about the story of Adam and Eve flooded my thoughts, such as “Why did God create them as adults? Why didn’t God ever wake Adam from his deep sleep when he took the rib from Adam to make Eve? Why did He make Eve that way?” As I studied more, it was revealed that we were created in the first chapter of Genesis where it reads, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” It goes on to read “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” Man is Spiritual, not material.
The second chapter of Genesis tells about Adam and Eve, which are material beings, not Spiritual and that is where problems lie. As I turn to God with every question, the Spiritual answer is the reality while the material is relative and limiting and fleeting. Everything begins in thought. If we are made in His image and likeness, it is talking about Spirit, not our physical body.
Today, I will cease trying to figure things about humanly, because they will never, ever make sense. I will pray to see what God is seeing.
While reading about the resurrection in John, I came across John 20:17 which reads “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.” One commentary states, “Researchers understand Jesus’ words as a call to drop the desire to cling to a physical sense of Him and release the thought of personality.” Personality seems to be important to us and that is not who we are! Man is spiritual and is perfect in Spirit since we reflect God and His qualities. It is never about human good. Man can never be perfect “humanly”.
If ever I attempt to begin my day without stillness, I am either resisting or wanting to speed up events of the day. Without fail, I am reminded of the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:41-42 where it reads, “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
By ceasing to humanly outline the day and “Letting God be God”, my day flows so much smoother.
This is a familiar story to any Bible student and as I work and pray with it this morning, new thoughts appear. I have always heard that the battle is God’s and “let go and let God” and today it has become clearer to me how David used those words. He wasn’t comparing himself with Goliath since that would have been foolish humanly since there was no comparison, but he was comparing Goliath with God and there is no comparison there! 1 Samuel 17:47 states, “and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” This was David talking to Goliath and clearly, he was depending on God for his strength. We all know who won this battle.