If you are a seeker of truth and of the True Creator, and are driven to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way of your search, then we’re in this together!
A primary thing that gets in the way of people working together in their life walk, and in their journey of faith, is fear. In particular, the fear of being corrected, and found to be “wrong,” can be hard for us to handle due to the programming that we have grown up with. Religiosity in general, and all the sectarian mindsets that can be found in various religions and denominations, breeds the mentality that if we’re wrong – that might mean eternal DEATH. But is this fear truly founded in the Scriptures?
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does YHWH require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
These are the words found in the book of the prophet Micah (6:8), and these words speak to us of something very different. Our own understanding and perception of things MUST be flexible. We must love truth, more than we want to protect our personal ideas and beliefs. This absolutely requires humbleness, changeableness and flexibility. God wants us to walk in His ways of justice, to be full of kindness and to walk humbly with Him. We can learn so much from this short statement from Micah.
So many people are so caught up in the fear of being found to be “wrong” – that they find it extremely difficult to fulfill these things. When this is the case, we can often see the following being characteristic of this way of being: these individuals have not truly found the strength to be true and just to the complete information and evidence put before them; in their argumentative mentality around Spiritual discussions they can often be found to be neither kind nor humble; and if clinging to their own personal wisdom – they will not be living a life in which they are continually looking to our God for guidance, redirection and correction while walking with Him (and I believe most of us can attest to the fact that we all have had to deal with being programmed to be this way via the environmental influences we grew up with). Yet this is precisely what God requires of us: to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with Him.
Is truth important? Absolutely. But truth can never be found if we are not flexible and humble in our understanding, and if we fear what others will think of us if we are found to have been wrong. Being humble, and loving God’s ultimate truth means that we will rejoice when we are truly proven wrong – because we will then be able to better understand, and know more truth. This is a beautiful thing – and it is so freeing. Though we have been brought up to fear “feeling stupid” by being found to be mistaken – Yah has freed us from this, by directing us to trust in His infinite knowledge and understanding – and He has given us the freedom to do the best we can, to live wisely, and to continually grown in more wisdom, while we hold His eternal hand.
“Instruct a wise man and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.” (Pro. 9:9)
“Trust in YHWH with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” (Pro. 3:5)
And so, those of us who love the Way of YHWH, and all of the beautiful words of instruction that He has given us, and humbly seek to walk in them and to walk with God, all of us truly are in this together. In our present state, none of us will have perfect understanding of our own, but we can be united through our love for truth, as we seek it together, and give thanks for the insights, talents and perspectives of one another.
In working with one another, how important it is to pursue love – for God, for ourselves, for each other – rather than allowing our fears associated with how we are outwardly “seen” to overwhelm the opportunities for connecting and growing together. In fact, it can be impossible to work with people who are caught up in the wrong things, and who are not able to overcome their own outward egos. So, if we want to work together, it is so important to be kind, to be appreciative and compassionate towards each other – and not to presume to have all the answers for someone else’s life, and how God is actively working with them.
True change in the world will come through the rising up of the True Israel of God’s heart. This is the nation of people that He intended for the Israel of old to be, but they chose another path (the way of the nations around, rather than God’s way). We are told repeatedly, in the prophets, that though this ancient nation of Israel was not walking worthy of His name, the one in the future will. What this means, is that, for those of us who are determined to be a part of this True, Future Israel, we must learn to walk with God in humbleness, in His ways, so that we can also become that beautiful and harmonious people of God, and be able to genuinely connect with each other in truth and love.
“For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
The Gentiles shall see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory.
You shall be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of YHWH will name.
You shall also be a crown of glory
In the hand of YHWH,
And a royal diadem
In the hand of your God…
Go through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people;
Build up the highway!
Take out the stones,
Raise Up A Standard for the peoples!…
And they shall call them The Holy People,
The Redeemed of YHWH”
There is a beautiful future for us to look forward to. And we have been invited by Yah to begin to enact that future in our own lives now, with His help. This is the way to that glorious, promised True Israel – being gathered together by means of having each developed our own unique, intimate relationship with the Creator. When we connect with the Creator, then He will bring us together, according to His perfect blueprint. This is such a blessing – that we will not have to figure out community on our own.
And so, I invite you to walk alongside me, on the journey in the Way of YHWH, loving Him, loving justice, showing kindness, and walking in humbleness with our God.
In Sincere Shalom,