August 8th seems like a way long time ago. Seasons changed. The hubby had a birthday. The daughters had wedding anniversaries. A President was chosen. A super-duper moon rose and set. A 100 Day prayer journey is complete.
Reading these 1942 Daily Rations gave me an insight into the world my parents occupied. It reminded me there was a formality that we rarely see or hear any more. It taught me that Jehovah-Nissi’s words carry eternity in their syllables and if the reader’s eye are open – wisdom in the nuance.
This journey began as a spur-of-the-moment thought – a God-wink moment as I like to refer to them. And here’s the next quinky-dink-God-wink – it is 12 days till Advent. Now I believe that means – I will either get 12 days of rest – kick back – read a book or two – eat bon-bons, or my Abba is about to open up a door to some new library of wisdom that He wants me to find.
In any case, I’ve tucked Rations 100 Days into its new home. I’ve written the wisdom that I found into my heart, and for now – I’m waiting. A little nervous. A little excited. A whole lot blessed.
1942 Daily Rations: ” ‘Behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots.’~II Kings 6:17
“The prophet’s servant could not see the horses and chariots. He saw only the hosts of Syria and was frightened. But Eisha saw the host in the sky. Every religious man sees such things all the while. The skies are full of waiting reinforcements. Spiritual reserves are ready to hand to supplement his inadequate powers. It is the heart of our belief in God. There is an invisible Ally on the field of battle. There is a spirit of good will in the natural and moral forces of the universe. ‘Most men,’ writes Sir Francis Younghusband, ‘ and particularly men of action, are deeply conscious of the presence of some Unseen Force at work in the world, and what they have felt has filled them with a conviction that the power makes for righteousness.’ Such a conviction makes one feel equal to anything that may happen to him.
“Prayer: O God, who are strength of soul to those who trust in thee, defend us, thy humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies, that we surely trusting in thy willing might may not fear the power of any adversary but rejoice in the hope of victory through thine aid. Amen.”
It has been a challenging week. Things have not gone at all the way I expected or wanted. However, deep inside of me, I know that God knows that is how I learn best. So…as much as I hate assessments…I keep trying to look for the wisdom in all that is going on around me and remember that Jehovah-Rapha stands beside me just as Jehovah-Nissi is ready to help fight my battles.
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely than others.” Jm 3:1
Today, I was ready to ignore writing again. When I am wrestling with a “God Assessment”, I tend to do more reflection than teaching. Teaching means being sure of my subject matter and relying on my faith to guide my words and concepts. Reading, devotions, playing with the dogs, seem to give me a better perspective as I work through whatever the current faith-walk plagues my life at the moment. It’s strange – music has always been a big part of my faith life, yet now, when I am troubled, I don’t go into the music room. Instead, I turn to the WORD and reading things from other sages – especially those of Jewish tradition. It was during this time that I found a small little piece of information buried in a rabbi’s writing.
This is the Jewish letter Tov. Its initial letter Tet also represents the letter nine as it is the ninth letter of the Jewish alphabet. Tet also represents the word “good”; as in “… God saw that it was good.“ Gen 1:12b Amazingly it is also the only letter of the Hebrew alphabet that was left out of the first time Moshe brought the tablets down off the mountain. (Ex 20) Yet – in the second set of laws that Moshe brought off the mountain, it was included. (Deut 5:15 in the word “outstretched” NeTuYah) Hmmmmm….
Jewish tradition holds that it is because anything “Good” lasts forever. Our omniscient Jehovah-Tsid-Kenu foresaw these events in our linear life line. Had He included Tov in the first tablets, they could not have been destroyed. Only Our Father God knows why things had to play out the way they did. What important God Assessments did these scarred and damaged people have to “grow” through to achieve the unity of being His united and chosen people? Maybe it was just that – they would no longer see themselves as a people enslaved to other societies – other gods – other lands. That they would see themselves as His people – united by His love, His grace, and His law.
“You shall not steal.” Ex 20:15
On the physical level it is a very straight forward law, and it makes sense to most of us. After all, who wants to go through getting arrested, going to court, being convicted? When Moshe presents it a second time in Deut 5, it is still a very straight forward law. Again, why would we do anything but that? But what if – what if there was more to it? Don’t steal away. Don’t steal a glance. Don’t steal someone’s heart. Don’t steal the spotlight. Don’t steal anything…….period. The 10 Commandments are still relevant. They still make us think. They are still a strong guideline for our lives as we journey this faith-walk. Our Father knew that as He carved them. They were meant to last until Christ returns and is able to establish “…Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done…” Kinda important, don’t ya think? That being said…should I stop singing this hymn?????? Somehow – I think not.
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