Who is able to advise the Spirit of the LORD? Who knows enough to be his teacher or counselor? Has the LORD ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good or what is best? No, for all the nations of the world are nothing in comparison with him…. Have you never heard or understood? Are you deaf to the words of God — the words he gave before the world began? Are you so ignorant? It is God who sits above the circle of the earth. The people below must seem to him like grasshoppers! He is the one who spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them. He judges the great people of the world and brings them all to nothing. Isaiah 4:12-23
I had some very interesting experiences this weekend and as I begin this week of my journey in Christ, this message from the Prophet Isaiah stood out for me as part of todays lectionary readings. When we find ourselves with those who think they are the smartest persons in the room this passage speaks loud and clear – remembering that we all are but dust and unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain (Psalm 127). From company meetings to general conventions, I suppose sometimes we just can’t help ourselves. However, for the believer, through Christ reconciliation is always at hand we must remember that it begins within us and makes its ascent upwards and then the process of grace, mercy, healing and growth begins to re-shape.
Matthew 9:27-34 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” …Jesus said to them: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
A wonderful friend of mine shared a concept with me the other day that compelled me to reconsider where I am, and once again trust, that it’s all part of the process and purpose God has already planned for my life. In tough or generous times, this isn’t always an easy thing to do. The one spirit that is within me, which seeks out the one Spirit that is able to provide the daily bread that I pray for, competes with 3 or 4 other external spirits, telling me that I am in the wrong place at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing. It’s a battlefield of the mind that has to be conquered on a regular basis. The concept she shared was this: growth and comfort cannot co-exist. The idea hit home immediately and impressed upon me that as I continually grow in my faith, there is always something new, different or changed to be experienced and learned. Change especially, can be very uncomfortable. I know that even in this Christian journey sometimes, I would just rather be comfortable! For me the reality is that comfort is relative and more often than not, it never lasts for any period of time because eventually something new, different or changed is bound to occur. There are times when I have to step out of the box. There are other times I am forced out of the box. In either scenario, particularly the last one, I have to believe that God is able to provide during those uncomfortable times. Since as Christians we are never fully formed, I also believe that we have to have faith, that the process of developing and maturing physically, mentally and spiritually, is always taking place as we are fully known by Him. We do however have alternatives. After all, the two blind men could have chosen to remain blind.
Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.