To walk in ones own wisdom is like walking with our eyes wide shut, unaware of the darkness and seeing what is not really there. With every day that I continue to strive to truly see, I am gently reminded of that which I have yet to comprehend. So I rely not on my own wisdom but the Wisdom of God. In this way I rest in knowing that I am being guided away from the darkness rather than deeper in to it’s midst. Thank you God for the Light that is your Wisdom. Let it be the lamp that I see every morning and the light by my side as I rest at night.
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light;he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Lent: Day 39 – The time is come. No journey we take is ever without some kind of sacrifice along the way. Inevitably, it happens that we must lose something physically, emotionally or intellectually before we are able to understand its true significance in our lives. But any loss, that deepens a greater understanding of direction and purpose, becomes the light that liberates and enables us to press on with a strength we didn’t have before the loss. Christ is the Passover lamb sacrificed for those who believe in the power of that light. It is the light of the spirit that is left within us by our remembrance of that life and sacrifice which protects us as it leads our own life into glory that is everlasting.
Hebrews 10:16-25 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.
Is it not true that God knows the heart of those who seek after him? For many claim to seek God but their motives are selfish and have no resemblance to his commandment to love our neighbor. Now we have all been there. None of us has worshipped perfectly, but the heart that cares nothing about the welfare of others will suffer the most not at the hands of humans but at the hands of God. Remember Jacob and Laban and trust God’s vengeance. Is it not true that God has no respect of person (Romans 2:11, Acts 10:34)? For many who claim to know him still today blindly judge according to their own perceived status. Yet people will first remember how someone responded to their presence of being before they remember any particular act on their behalf? Is it not true that God sent his son to be the advocate for everyone whether they believe or not? Yet many claim to believe, and advocate only for themselves and not other people. The ground at the foot of the cross is level ground and only the atoning sacrifice of Christ himself is perfect for all people. Thus, the tangled web of life is easily reconciled by the heart, which seeks, confesses, believes and knows, that God gives the true light that shows the way to go.
Truth revealed is the moment at which some event or action appears in its true form or nature. Epiphany is a truth revealed. It is something that we now understand, an enlightenment or revelation, which was once hidden or unclear. Epiphanies in relationships of any kind have one thing in common: freedom. The very moment that truth is revealed we have the freedom to make a choice, or to move in a direction we may have previously thought was not possible, physically and/or spiritually. Epiphanies give us the opportunity to be. We have many epiphanies in our relationships with one another, some small, others very significant. Yet, the revelation of Christ to the gentiles via Magi from the east is an epiphany of a different kind. While it still offers us the same freedom it adds the crucial element of unconditional love, something we don’t fully accept until we are ready to fully submit to it and subsequently work to create an environment within our selves to give it in return. The light that the Magi followed is the same light that we follow today, the one that leads to unconditional love given in the gift of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The question we have to ask of our selves is can we submit to and live out this epiphany or do we go back and submit to and live according to the “Herods” of the world. Now that the manifestation of Christ is revealed, the freedom to choose is ours. Arise and shine, for your light has come.