Wednesday, June 9, 2010

In The Whirlwind

We can be honest. We can say it like it is. We don’t always know what is going on. I might even presume to say that we seldom know what is really going on. In this life, we are dealing with hearts and minds that differ, circumstances that are not easily defined and relationships that often stand at odds for reasons we do not understand. Life can just be complicated! Is this from God? Or is it from an Adversary? Are these natural consequences to my behavior? Or is there perhaps a flesh and blood party to blame? Questions that need answers.

Assumption can be the most vicious enemy of Truth. Assuming we know the answers to life’s questions can quickly affect our world view. We may or may not be right about what we assume, nevertheless, we typically act upon what we think is Truth. These assumptions often rule our perspectives and govern our choices, relationships, and even our very self. Why this or that is happening to this or that person may be totally unknown to anyone but God… .and yet we assume we know what is True. And we form opinions, we speak words and perform actions. All based on an assumption.

It is the chemical make-up of a human judgment. Assumption dissolves into someone’s condemnation. We assume we know the heart of Man, our own hearts and the heart of God. We think we have tasted and seen and come up with an adequate verdict concerning a life. I would like to simply suggest that we do not know as much as we think. I certainly do not. God usually surprises me with His answers to just about every question. When we are in the midst of the whirlwind, what we do know is that there is dust flying in all directions… .and we are best off simply closing our eyes. It is foolish to look around and try to make sense of it. It would just be better to wait and pray until the Lord of the Whirlwind defines everything, Himself.

When circumstances are disheveled, hearts are unburdening stresses, minds are racing, accusations are flying, consequences are being meted out… .when questions are circling the airwaves, when it’s uncertain where to place faith… .when there is an opportunity to make a judgment over anyone’s life, even your own… . pause, cease the interaction with a whirlwind. Your Adversary, the Accuser, may be swirling with and hiding in the dust, spouting his perspectives. Don’t even attempt to look around and figure it out. Wait. Pray. Let the Lord of the Whirlwind make a statement when He’s ready. When it’s time.

“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind…” Job 32:1

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