Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Gift of Spiritual Hunger and Faith

Well, I sat down to write this morning and had a few ideas I was thinking of addressing . . . but then, well the following just kinda flowed through and took the "pen", fwiw...a sort of poem or psalm or whatever it might be considered.....
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I can't help it.  I'm fascinated by God, His character, and all beings and things related thereat.  The worlder thinks it obsessive, and maybe it is.  But I don't imagine it would be better, if one is to be obsessed and/or brooding on some subject, that it ought be issues of temporality--things that come and go and have no eternal significance.  People follow politics, social issues, celebrities' activities, latest scandals, business, recreation. . . . And such things have their place, for we are here in a material world with its needs and requirements, such as maintain us within a certain flow of ephemera. . . . But looking through our glasses darkly, is it not more fitting for one considering themselves a disciple of the very Lord of the universe, to constantly, within the flux of daily living, to be looking towards the Light?  To be striving, wrestling, dividing, appreciating . . . just what is that holy Light, which is the cause of all . . . and especially knowing that it is a Person Who is the cause of all?

And one thing clearer than most in such practice . . . is that this predilection, this drive . . . to search out the things and character of God . . . comes from a motivation . . . that is instilled.  You either have such a compulsion, or not.  Those who don't . . . can't fathom why anyone would bother.  Almost every other thing is more interesting and pressing to them than contemplating Deity, let alone His offered Word.

However, the seeker finds . . . that within himself or herself . . . there is something like a hunger and a thirst, which is of a subtle nature--not of the bodily needs, but must, I dare say, pertain to what we generally know as "spiritual."  It includes the mental and the emotional and also is of a sense that is above and beyond the usual machinations related to mere surviving and thriving in the present world.

As all things come from God, we must know that this spiritual craving is a gift He has given us so that we are driven to find and know Him . . . intimately . . . as does a child to the father; and what greater thrill can there be to know that the Creator wills that we should know Him and that He gives us the promptings and abilities to do so!

Of all gifts given, surely this ranks at the top, for it is what compels us to the spirit of repentance and includes the acquisition of faith--FAITH . . . which is as a spiritual substance, like a manna which nourishes and sustains and adheres us . . . to taste somewhat, even in this dark, fallen world, the sweet glories of Heaven.

You who are of faith, be glad in your hearts always, no matter what the world brings . . . as all its pomp and noise and terrors are doomed to fade and disintegrate beneath the crushing feet of judgment in the wine-press of God.

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.  --Cor.18-21

1 comment:

Mark said...

Although I'm a bit leary of "prophecy keepers" (the religion of) here's an interesting bit of historical "knowing".
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/prophecykeepers/2013/08/05/oklevueha-nac-radio-cherokee-nation-of-mexico-religion.

Albert Pike the Mormon/Mason knew what the cherokee are.Talk about (pharo) and the (hebrew slaves).

Chief Sequoi-YAH went to Mexico.

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