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Patient in Tribulation 

The story of Ruth is one of intense beauty, how she saw the character of her mother-in-law, her culture and her expression, and then desires to model her life after Naomi.

What strikes me in this is the fact Naomi was deeply tested. She had left her homeland, to dwell in a culture that was vastly different than hers. She lost her husband, and then later her two sons.

Naomi knew it was of the Lord, during all that was transpiring still exhibited a trait that Ruth was drawn to, there was something in Naomi, character that was exhibited in patience, wisdom, and trust.

Eventually Naomi and Ruth sojourn back to Naomi’s homeland, her she now longer looks upon herself as Naomi, and calls herself Mara, indicating she has suffered deeply.

As this story unfolds we see how Ruth is eventually led to meet her new husband, and the result of this a son is born. In Naomi’s old age she is graced with her grandson, she no longer sees herself as Mara, she is blessed by the Lord. Additionally Naomi is blessed to nurse her grandson Obed in her old age.

There are two points that strike me about Naomi.

  • She endured the trials and tests of her life, and had the grace and humility to lead, teach and counsel the generation following her.
  • Naomi’s story is one of great intrigue, as it displays the plans of God being worked out, His Sovereign will is accomplished in the midst of what would appear on the surface as random or unrelated events.

“The mind of man plans his way,

But the Lord directs his steps.”

Proverbs 16:9

Scripture relates the outcome of this beautiful story, Obed fathers Jesse, and Jesse, David, and eventually The Son of Man. The patience endurance of Naomi, and her expression of life yielded fruit beyond anything she could have imagined. All of this is a testimony to the beauty of our Lord, and the workmanship of His hands.

More on the story of Naomi click here

So we see the Fruit of patience during fiery trial.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2017 in Jesus Christ, Zion

 

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Fear of being seen

Unhealthy Fear

The story is well told how Adam hid from his Lord, and how he exhibited fear, blaming his mate for the issue, and foolishly hiding from the One who sees and knows all.

Today we may do well to have the Lord examine our hearts, seeking with an open heart before Him, and asking, show me Lord where this same unhealthy fear resides in my heart.

We can only do this when we trust Him, and desire to move to a deeper or more intimate relationship with the Lord. Trust is the foundation to our relationships, and this is never truer, or more important than our relationship with the Lord.

David is known as a man after Gods heart, and as we all know David on a human level was less than perfect, yet he expressed a heart that was open, responsive, and trusting.

We must see that there is zero confidence in self confidence, which should prompt us to ask before the Lord:

 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.”  ~ Psalm 139: 23, 24 

                  

David laid it all out before the Lord, his example is for us today, and just as the Lord worked in David’s life, he will do the same in ours. It’s all a simple, yet foreign to our nature, for we like Adam have a natural fear of the Lord that is unhealthy, and very destructive to our Walk in the Lord. Today this can all change, and it’s all a matter of trust.

                        “O LORD, You have searched me and known me.”

Will it cost us? Yes without any question it will indeed have a cost; we will loose the idols, false concepts, and ties to this fallen world that are squarely opposed to the Lord and His Way of Life. Yet, without any question He will supply our every need, in ways that are far beyond our ability to see and understand their value until we open our hearts before Him, allowing Him to truly be who He wants to be…our Lord, the one and only source of our life.

The parable of the talents is a window into what this unhealthy fear does to us, just as Adam hid the man with one talent hid his talent, and when called upon the fear in his heart was expressed by his words.

“And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.

‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’” ~ Matthew 25: 24, 25

 

Our fear of being open before the Lord is unfounded, yet so natural to our perceptions, and this is the heart of the matter, our natural way is in opposition to the will of the Lord, and we all have “clever” ways of validating this fear, yet in the end this is highly caustic to our relationship in the Lord.

So what is the answer?

It all comes down to submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, allowing Him to search our hearts, to reveal our ways, and to allow Him to transform us in Him image. This is the only way we will ever be set free from the fear that opposes our relationship in the Lord.

“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,

by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,

and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;” ~ Hebrews 10: 19~23

“For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.”
~ Isaiah 57:15

We will never regret this position before the Lord, for this is exactly what He is desiring in us, it’s all a matter of trust, faith, and an expression of love to our Lord.

There is no substitute for true humility, it’s the key to our Fathers heart.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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