We Reveal

Our most important mission is the truth. Not just telling it, but living it so that it gains a living force — be the incarnation of truth. In fact, given the way things are in Western society, telling is pointless until you have established your credibility by living it.

There is a sense in which we are talking about living by biblical law or divine justice. Not the Mosaic Code, but the Law of Noah as seen through the eyes of Christ. We study that here. But there are certain things not always obvious, even if we assume you are heart-led. Not just in the words here, because if the sum total of your religion is reading what I write or what my affiliates write, you don’t have a religion. I’m talking about how you act in meat space; that’s what building your religion means.

So that’s the starting point: Shift the focus of your consciousness into your heart. This puts you in the place to sense the real need, the thing God wants you to focus on in any given context. Never, never, never let any other human pressure you into doing something that doesn’t feel right with your convictions. That’s not God’s mercy. That’s just being the extension of someone else’s convictions and it’s not right. Discover your own convictions; get used to sensing things from your heart.

The next thing is letting your heart tell you what you can and should do to redeem various contexts. Again, don’t let someone else define for you what you should do. Human intellectual analysis of human need is a waste of time. Humans don’t know what they need without hearing it from their hearts. Give what you have from your heart. If they can’t use it, keep offering it elsewhere until someone takes it. The starting point for all of this is your direct connection to the Creator who knows what people really do need in order to find His truth.

Do what you know how to do: Fix a car or some part of a house; help calm someone down who is out of sorts; clean up a mess you didn’t make; listen to a sob story; rescue a trapped animal — use your imagination. Trust in God. At the same time, avoid building a false dependency. You’d be surprise how many people would just love to become dependent on someone else for anything at all. Set them free; don’t make their chains of moral folly any heavier. Learn how to say “no” if that’s your heart’s answer. Don’t entangle yourself. And sometimes the biggest miracle of all is simply being patient and putting up with someone or something that really isn’t your problem. Love them despite their being unlovable.

Also, it doesn’t have to be that significant. Do some small thing that’s far beneath your best and brightest talents. Try picking up trash once in a while. Let Creation tell you what needs changing, what needs a redeeming touch to set things back on the course of divine justice. Invest some time to contemplate what fire burns inside of you to restore things to what God revealed.

Psalm 119: Kaph

This octet offers us Hope in the Darkness. The Hebrew culture viewed time altogether differently than Westerners do today. The psalmist is fully aware that a part of the Curse of the Fall was locking our human awareness into a time-space constraint that blinds us to God’s perspective on things. So for the Hebrew folks, a part of redemption is learning that the key to understanding the passage of time was in the image of ripeness: Things in Creation come when they are ripe. It’s a struggle to learn that, and it’s a lesson the bears repeating often. Western thinking never bothers struggling toward redemption, but assumes that time-space constraints are universal and builds a culture based on measuring time in precise increments, as if reality ran along some ineluctable track. Meanwhile, we treat as genius someone able to think in the long term, and as saintly those who can joyfully wait on the hand of God. Hebrew people thought of this as the norm.

So the first couplet begins with the psalmist lamenting his moral weakness, and how quickly his fleshly awareness obsesses over how slow some things move. His words are more dramatic than most English translations indicate for his state of mind: “Lord, I’m dying here waiting for Your rescue!” Yet the state of his heart is not so frantic as the mind, for his faith remains fixed on the promise of justice in God’s Word. Still, his mind does not learn easily, for his brain searches with desperation for some clue, some lever or trick he can use to move God at his own convenience. We are all in good company.

Like a skin bladder for liquids, the psalmist complains he’s been too close to the fire for too long and now he feels brittle and leaky. But that’s just the fleshly part of him; his heart knows that the promises of God endure beyond his life. Indeed, his mortality is never far from his consciousness, so will he die before God judges those who hound him?

Everywhere he turns there are pitfalls. Yet these traps presume a reality different from what God says. He subtly hints that his commitment to God’s justice has kept his eyes open to these temptations seeking to take advantage of character flaws. No, despite their relentless persecution, God’s promises are faithful and he knows his cry for help is does not fall on deaf ears.

While he very nearly fell into at least one trap that would have destroyed his life, his convictions would not let him forsake God’s revelation. As he considers this, his faith rises again to ask for God to restore his sense of peace by letting him see clearly divine mercy for what it is. In the end, he knows this will give him the sense of confidence to promote what God has said.