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To Tarry or Prosper

“We like to think in terms of apostolic journeys.   But God dares to keep his greatest ambassadors in chains.” -Watchman Nee

In moments of great displeasure, there is an inclination to seek immediate relief.  As if somehow once pain has escaped us, we can continue in our processes of being human and Living in accordance to the order of the universe.  In the subconscious, or perhaps unconscious compartments of the mind there seems to be an erroneous belief in which our happiness aligns with God’s will.  “If my life is void of hardship then surely I am in harmony with the flow of all outward dynamics of the world.” This sort of message screams out of the unconscious and persuades the believer in such a way that she will dishonor the vital state of brokenness.  Her futile attempts will cause exhaustion as she clings on to a false reality that “all is well just as long as I pretend it so”-to no avail, the self is severely ruptured, creating a denial of the Spirit and pushing her further away from the invaluable treasure of communion with Christ.

The happiest people I’ve known are broken-they have faced insurmountable and continual trials throughout their lives.  Where one would think a deep sense of bitterness and helplessness would characterize their personalities, they walk through life emanating a serene calmness.  They speak and act as though something were guiding them through the outward reality of suffering.  They lead others with their wounds and humbly accept their limitations.  We can not deny these people have been to a place that has drastically changed their worldview.  Some of us may say they have entered a realm, a spectrum where their hurts have been transcended.  Their earthly appearances may demonstrate they are as common as the next man, but they give off a scent that they have communed with God through an inward dealing, a fight that led to the Death of their former selves.

How great is God!, many Christians exclaim under persecution and much indignation.  How great is God!, they shout in unmarked roads and crumbling buildings, rejoicing in third world living conditions, Finding Truth through the Word and the infinite power of the Holy Spirit!  Their only Promise is of a supernatural nature, absent of material and economic prosperity.  The devout Christian will delight in the will of God at any cost, whether it takes him to a world of lavishness or it grounds his physical body to dust.  His scars are evident of his annointment, his tears are the oil by which he has been chosen to live under the governmental hand of the Lord.  “Thy will” becomes an expression of freedom rather than control.  He has found God in the struggle and so he openly embraces calamity, for it has been at the dark rivers and gardens of temptation by which he has come to know Him.  And he abides in all these things not out of pomp or recognition but by the delightful reckoning of the sovereign and just King.

Rarely do we find peace through material prosperity.  When salvation is sought in false shepherds, we are always led astray and the promises of fulfillment are seldom kept.  Today it seems like we are living in a world bombarded by false idols.  They always promise happiness but the end result is death.  If you’re dying inside and understand that no one or nothing can alleviate the despair, do not forget there is One who has already granted you a great inheritance through His undeserved sacrifice.  ‘May you find Him now.’

 


Tagged: addiction, Finding God, spirituality


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