Smoke, Mirrors, Etc.

"For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him." (Psalm 12:5)

So much hot air

God will do it, just you wait. No, seriously. God will come through for you and also it's the waiting on Him that's essential. If the mention of those martyred in the Revelation (6:11) is anything to be taken seriously (it hasn't even happened yet), where "white robes were given unto every one of them", then our paltry incubation period is nothing to get bent out of shape over. Really, there's not much in this life to be bent out of shape about. Notice also the psalmist and his evaluation of the...validity of the threat level: "him that puffeth at him". Essentially "blowing smoke". See, some of the waiting process necessarily involves our getting strong in God to the point where we see that the very threat that kept us afraid to move was all a smokescreen. A bluff. Now, before you go calling the devil's bluff willy-nilly, consider what others will think. But not in the way you might think.

So much for hot air

"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

What do you care what others think? Well, I can guarantee you that if you move against your fear before God has lifted that spiritual fog, there will most definitely be those who may or may not have been affected by the same thing as you yet not see it in any way as do you. What I mean is, you are an example to those watching. If you wanna get real personal, think of those who are doing the "puffing". They might "breathe out cruelty" (Psalm 27:12), but Jesus died for them too. And when He says that He can't forgive us unless we first do the same, we'd do well to realize that life is not about revenge. So if you're waiting for God to avenge you, you very well may be wasting your time. The parable of the debtor took a turn for the inverse when he decided not to forgive those who owed him even as his master forgave him. God's mercy ebbs and flows with the condition of our heart. And if God is "not willing that any should perish" (2 Peter 3:9), that includes us and them. God says "vengeance is mine, I will repay" (Romans 12:19, emphasis mine)

Mirror, mirror

"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:34-35)

It's so easy to explain this away into any diluted and half-realized understanding of just what happens when we treat another person, whomever they may be, in any way other than Christlike. While we are both representing God and also seeking to maintain our personhood in light of either an inverted mirror of sorts (that's everyone who doesn't get you and can't validate you) or those who want to take advantage of what they do see that you may not...I'm not sure where I was going with this. I bifurcated twice with that sentence and lost my train of thought. As an aside, did you ever wonder why mirrors reflect left-to-right opposite and not up/down? Spoons do that. Look into the topside of a spoon and your reflection will be upside-down. Did you know that? Of course you did. I suppose my point would be that if we don't train and maintain our inner focus upon God, we will be missing the truest mirror that tells and shows us who we are. Jesus is that mirror. Jesus is the one that we as humans are to take the cue from. And if we through our own version of the hot-air paradox/complex fog up that glass, we'll cloud the only source from which we are to take our inspiration for interaction. I know of no other creed the world over that would seek to do good to those harming you--for God's sake. Because you will see, at some point or another, that those who had it out for you, really didn't know what they were doing. Are they responsible? Up to a point, yes. But God holds you and me responsible for ensuring their channel to Heaven remains clear should they ever decide to tune in.

"Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the gospel according to the power of God." (2 Timothy 1:6-8)


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