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For Now, Lord

It’s been long enough, Lord!

I’ve had enough.

Enough of this burden of sin, already.

It has weighed me down beyond my alotted three-score and ten years.

Since I was a youth You have pricked my conscience and given me the desire to keep my eyes fixed on the back of your head as you lead me in the paths of righteousness.

Too soon I grow weary.

I’ve longed to see your face.

But that longing too soon fades.

I am left only with weariness.

Long enough our Enemy has looked down his nose at me with disdain.

He taunts me with my failure to keep my eyes on your back, as you lead, Lord.

He faces me, Lord, with dazzling, but empty promises.

Places within me desires that are not yours.

He scoffs when I stumble from the load of meaningless rules that he concocts from Your Word.

Soon enough I will feel your embrace.

Soon enough I will know your smile.

Soon enough I will know your plan for my life.

Soon enough I will see the burden that has been lifted from my shoulders.

Soon enough I will join with countless others who will praise your forgiving love forever.

For now I will trust your plans.

For now I will choose to follow.

For now I will trust without seeing.

For now I will praise what I cannot see.

For now I will believe what I cannot understand.

In the waiting time give me strength,

Endurance,

Wisdom,

Faith,

and Love.

Psalm 2015: 1113


For the last week or so we have been reading an interesting book, Moses- Steps to a Life of Faith by Bob Saffrin.
Chapter 7, entitled The Backside of the Desert, could probably be better titled, Your Backside in the Desert ! The chapter starts out telling about how Moses was such a vibrant, well-educated man. He was trained to be the next ruler of Egypt. He was a military giant, a man of letters. But, he had been trained as a child by his Hebrew mother. Told many times of his mother’s dream that he was born to set his people free of Egyptian bondage.
I can imagine his typical school day as a young man. Trying to reconcile what he was learning in the Egyptian school with what his mother had taught him, and coming to the conclusion that God must have placed him in this position to train him for deliverance. When his day came and he had his opportunity to start that process, it ended in failure and Pharaoh tried to kill him for his efforts.
It was then that God sent Moses to His time-out place. The place where he has sent so many others who have tried to out-guess God’s plans for their lives… the desert. Before the desert Moses had rescued ONE Hebrew and almost lost his own life. When he got to Midian he risked his life again to rescue seven sisters from some bullies. After forty years in God’s time-out box (the desert), God again asked him to deliver His people, but instead of eagerly saying, “Yes, yes God, send me! His response was so different. “Who am I (just a failure) to bring your people out of Egypt. I can’t even speak the language anymore.”
In the Old Testament book Numbers, we read that Moses was the meekest man in all the world. After forty years in the desert, God’s Time-Out chair, is it any wonder that he would be rather humbled? Of course, he wrote the book so this had to have been his self-assessment.
So what DID he learn out there herding his father-in-law’s sheep? From the sheep, he must have learned patience. Of all the four-footed animals that I have had occasion to work with, they are about the dumbest critters in existence. Is it any wonder that humans use dogs, llamas or goats to help herd and protect them?
After his desert experience God was able to use him to lead four million people out of bondage. When, (not IF) you are led to your desert experience, don’t fight God or get angry with Him. Use your time there to let God comfort, educate, and care for you. He is preparing you for something better.  Learn to have faith in Him. Trust and lean on Him.


I am reading this morning from my YouVersion Bible, and happened upon Gen. 1:29-30. I read it again. Since I have over a hundred versions and translations to choose from in this application, I tried several of them and IT read basically the same thing.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is fruit of a tree, yielding seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 and to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so.” (KJV)

Now, from my youth I have heard it touted the we should return to the diet of Eden, for better health, for longer life, and etc. Although our family did not practice a vegetarian lifestyle, we did were not heavy meat eaters, either. It wasn’t until I married a practicing vegetarian during my early twenties, that I became persuaded of the lifestyle. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-fifties that I heard of a Vegan. If I thought a vegetarian lifestyle weird, I REALLY thought a vegan lifestyle was out of touch with reality.

Since vegetarian diet was supposed to be like it was in Eden, it made good sense to get back to the original plan. That was a major point in the church that I attended, it was the whole idea of living.

But it seems that I have been taking too literally, the teachings of the church, without checking out the Biblical reasoning behind those teachings.

Although the texts quoted above was His original plan, Adam and Eve threw a monkey wrench in those plans, by not following the script He gave them. Everything changed. Big time. Especially after He destroyed the earth by a flood. The Bible says that after Noah and his party survived, God said in

Gen. 9:2-4, “… 2The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds of the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you green plants, I now give you everything. 4 But you must not eat meat that still has its lifeblood still in it.” (NIV)

Now, it seems that the ORIGINAL diet of Eden DID NOT include salads… only fruits, herbs, and nuts. It wasn’t until after the Flood that meat (without blood in it), and salad was added to the diet of mankind. By God Himself.

Did He added meat and salad to shorten our lifespan, or was it added to counter the effects of the changes on earth that were the results of the flood?

Perhaps what we eat should be judged in the context of Romans 14:1-3

1 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2 One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them {both}.”

 

 

 

Was it really because my faith was weak, that I became a vegetarian or you a vegan?

 I’m not to criticize a meat eater for believing he can eat anything. Because God died for his sins just as He died for mine. Whether either of us see the Kingdom of God or not, does NOT depend on how we eat, but whether we have faith! It is obvious from verse 3, that He accepts the strong in faith as well as the weak of faith.

So, you can enjoy your Kosher burger and I’ll eat my salad until I have the strength of your faith. We can both give thanks to God for His provisions and meeting our needs.