Some people believe you can live life by formulas, especially the Christian life. If you do A, then B will definitely happen. Or…if A happens, then B will fix it. Definite answers to definite problems. But does life really work like that? Does G-d really work like that?
My life experience and my understanding of the scriptures says that it is NOT like that. Yes, there are some absolutes…most definitely. Sin is sin. Repentance is repentance. Grace and mercy are needed. Forgiveness is not really an option. But our heavenly Abba chooses to work in our lives in many ways. I have been told by so many others (and can validate it with my experience) that every time we think we have it figured out how He wants to do it, He chooses some other way.
I look at the example of Yeshua. He varied in His approach. The manner in which He healed the people was not the same each time. Yet, He did heal. The way He taught others was not always the same, yet He did teach. There is more than one way to the result and I have found that I need to trust the Ruach HaKodesh to lead me in each different instance. There is as much to accomplish and learn in the journey as in the goal. We westerners tend to think in terms of goals, but the Hebraic way of thinking focuses on the journey. I see the same thing in the Torah. The Torah is not about the goal…heaven or hell…it is about the journey of life here and now.
But wait a minute? Trust His leading? In every instance? That is scary! What if I don’t hear correctly? What if I blow it? What if He wants me to do something that makes me uncomfortable? There are so many “what if” questions! It is so much easier to have a formula. It is much easier to know exactly what to do in every situation without having to ask or depend upon the Ruach to show me something.
Yes, it is definitely easier; but, oh what a faith walk it is to have to lean on G-d…to have to learn to listen to His voice! It draws me so much closer to Him and I think that is what He wants. I think that is why He does not do things by a formula.
And He won’t violate free will. That is a really hard one to accept when we see people around us doing things that hurt others. We want Him to violate free will…until, of course, it comes to violating our own. He promises to give us all we need to walk in His ways and we know we can trust that His ways are for our best. He is our Creator and He knows what is best for us. I don’t love or serve a capricious G-d. He is my heavenly Abba/Father/Daddy and He is so unlike the earthly father I have.
Well, it is time to continue getting ready for Shabbat…that blessed appointed time with my L-rd. These are just some thoughts I had that I wanted to share before they slipped away.
Here is a photo of a little creature who was on a journey and stopped by to visit us for a bit.