Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” — John 6:35
The next three post will have this common theme: ABIDE. I have had three weeks of the same message of abiding whether that be in God, in Jesus, or in the Holy Spirit. It has come up in my scripture readings, books, and conversations, so clearly the Father wants this profound truth expounded upon.
Abide in the Father.
June has been zooming by and currently it’s only the fifth day. Outside of having many extra college friends here with us I been hit with some waves of desire.That other engulfing “D” word. Desires of more money. Desires to feel happy. Desire to be in control. Desire to be appreciated and approved. Seriously, people think I have it together. Hahahaha! Only by His strength I make it some days not exploding. All these desires, these longings for my piece of the bread, is misguided. What my heart feels is not the best judge at times. What the heart desires actually needs to be checked at times because it’s being influenced by the love of the world(1 John 2:15)
What is this “love of the world” you may be thinking? Is it some Christianese jargon? Some hocus pocus to the belief of a looming mystical realm? Perhaps. Somewhat. I currently write a little of this post between eight day intervals. Life doesn’t seem to slow down which is good, but just continuously pushes onward and the moments I manage to escape into the recesses of my mind palace and reflect on all the mundane, divine, and human parts of life I can’t help but ponder why am I still awake ticking away at this computer. Yall get a dialogue of the intricate workings of my mind during this season. How fortunate. #bless.
Recently the same speaking from the Holy Spirit been pressing, Abide. Abide. Abide. Later, I will elaborate how abiding looks like in the Light and the True Vine, but back to bread, love of the world, and The Father.
“The Future has many names: The Lazy call it: The Impossible. The Fearful refer to is as: The Unknown. But the Courageous embrace it by saying: ‘This is my Challenge.'” — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
I like many of you continuously fret over my future which is sad because let’s face the truth, many of us just want peace. Yet if you examine your culture that is so opposite of what it proclaims. Obtain the “right” job and you will then have peace. Get money to cover all your desires of travel and possession and then you are secure. Whatever your specific desire is I’m gonna call it a longing. This longing is for [Blank]. We are all design with this longing and turn to things in this world to fill it which I hope you have discovered after the temporary rush becomes boring and then it hits ya, “Maybe it’s time to seek something or someone else?” That’s a bit harsh and ignorant. I read recently, “Live for today; plan for tomorrow; party tonight.” The BETTER, NEW, and IMPROVED you will NOT give you peace. I know the praises from others will give that rush. The boost of self-esteem will be euphoric, but at the end of the text message, night of drinking, or when ya buckling up your pants and fixing your dress right you still longing for more.
Out here in China you see some crazy, make the hairs on your skin rise, kinda things; however, in America those crazy things are in plain sight just disguised to the American blurred vision and longing heart. Proverbs is a fantastic book of wisdom in the Bible! “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.” (Proverbs 28:19) and the author, King Solomon also wrote:
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil–this is God’s gift to man.” —Ecclesiastes 4:11-13
I want you to click on the link and get the full context on this scripture inside of this chapter. Just read all of Ecclesiastes while your add it. If you conclude: God has design us to eat, drink, and be merry since it’s a gift from God, your missing it bruh. God the Father is not up in heaven causing you to suffer, and if you choose to believe in Him, now demands obedience luring hell over ya. Turn to Genesis 1-3 and you will see the GOODNESS and SHALOM He established and intended from the beginning. Our human hearts rebelled and dethroned His place as creator and turned to things of this world. (Romans 1:18-32)
Clearly, our desire for sight over the unseen won and we have been battling it ever since, Christians included. What is hilarious is after all the eat, drink and be merry Solomon continues on and realizes, vanity and death awaits you. All your money and possessions isn’t the meaning of life, but ‘Fear God and keep his commandments is the whole duty of man.’ (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
Fearing God is NOT just the American meaning of terror but in Hebrew, fear, used through the Old Testament is the word, yirah, and meant awe and reverence which in the older cultures it was expectant of the leader/God to have this meaning of fear. Inside your heart is a desire for eternity, don’t ignore it. Abiding in the Father is better then longing for wind.
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26)