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Friday, July 13, 2018

Beyond the Flesh


"O Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come." (Ps. 65.2)

Maybe it helps to read it backwards....All flesh shall come unto Thee, O Thou that hearest prayer.

It doesn't say "all spirits come", or "all hearts come"- It speaks of the flesh.
To me it speaks of our mortality, of our weakness.
It speaks of the flesh, weary and insensitive.
It speaks of our self-absorbed confusion, 
and it speaks of our headstrong blindness.

It speaks of the flesh which attempts so much and yet achieves so little.
It speaks of the flesh whose strength is never sufficient to carry us through.
In short, it speaks of the clay-fettered spirit of us all.

But the verse opens a door ... to this poor limited flesh it says "Come."
This weakest of flesh can look upon something beyond itself.

 In the immensity of God there is an acceptance, no part is excluded.
All the height and depth, and length and breadth of our limitations can be brought and left with the Creator.

There, where all human resources have come to an end, God awaits us. He "hears" says the verse, and calls us to reach forth to His mercy and His resources.
When He hears He acts, and we are not alone.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Come ... In Earth


"Come ... in Earth" (Lk. 11.2)

This seems to be the missing element in our praying and our living

We hear prayers , and perhaps pray prayers, in desperate situations, ending with the words "ïf it be Thy will." 
And those closing words are really nothing more than an excuse for our lack of faith, of knowledge, of will.
It is so easy to profess so much, and yet know so little
'We have not wrought wrought any deliverance in the earth." (Is 26.18) 

"Come" until we find ourselves out beyond the reach of all earthly kingdoms and all earthly conditions..
"Come" with all I am - and all I lack; with everything that I have and everything that I don't have.
Come with all, all, all that I am concious of.

On earth there are many things which are distant from where we live - a distant truth.
Suffering is a distant suffering ...another's suffering. 
Faith is a mental thing distant from reality.
Even the words we find written in the Bible ...distant ...separated from where we live our daily life, from our feelings, from our thoughts.
And life goes by day by day, a day at a time, a day at a time.

All things are distant until they become personal.
     When it becomes my pain, 
          when it becomes my revelation - only then is it real.
Then, then, we can pray and ask God to do in earth as in heaven.

Deep calleth unto deep ... how deep are the infinite depths of God?
God calls us to the depths of eternal things ...to respond to a Reality which this world knows nothing about.
To seek and to find the One Who "worketh all things." (Eph 1.11)