I was out walking together with my dog and it was a really hot day. My dress code was shorts and armless top. When I came half way rain and thunder came. A cold wind drew in. I had not expected that.
When a cold wind sweeps in we want to cover ourselves. In the Bible we can perceive two ways of responding to this wind. One is dealing with it with the means “under the sun” gives us and one way is to deal with it in Christ. Jesus tells us that this world has two masters and we have to choose one or the other – both is not an option “You cannot serve both God and money.” When Paul is in prison he writes to the the church in Phillipi ”I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Paul clearly said we have died and risen with Christ and that we are now with Him. Another way Paul describes it is that we live in this world but we are not of it. This is also described as flesh and spirit and the war between the two.
There are so many different ways this is explained throughout Scripture. Really powerful, strong but abstract statements. We cannot understand how this is done in our lives and it’s easy to try to find a way to theoretically grasp this. It’s there in writing, but still it seems out of our reach. Ask me – I have tried!
Until God chooses to reveal it to us. Then the veil is lifted and we see and understand. This is the amazing thing with God – He can touch the scholar and He can just as easily touch the illiterate. I have notices that my theoretical knowledge often hinders me and blocks my ability to accept the wisdom from God. Stunningly beautiful, really. But God tells us that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” My foolishness is has been not listening to the Lord. I have listened to knowledge given from man by man even if it has sounded goodly. We are in a desperate state without Jesus. Together within Him we can to see.
So here I was – walking in the rain as God started to show me about something I had studied, listened to sermons about, pondered for years and years. There is a word Scriptures that says “My word shall not return to me without doing what I sent it out to do”. When I read the word of God, not others thoughts and interpretations of it, God shows that His word is in union with Him and He reveals it in His time. Not when I want Him to. It is at that very moment it becomes the living Word. I am in a hurry. God is not.