When we are not using our minds to more fully UNDERSTAND the things that G-d teaches, we have no recourse except to live out our days according to our ‘lower nature’ – that is, our flesh made from mere dust and its wavering, destructive emotions.
These alone will be our ‘guides’. They become the little ‘g’ gods we serve and obey.
When I was a young college student void of purpose and looking for meaning (and needing to pay my bills!), I worked for a local feed lot. One of my jobs was to document when any cattle perished and why.
One day I was invited to go out to the lot and view the ‘posting’ (animal autopsy) of a steer. I went along to do my job, but was quite taken aback by my reaction. It wasn’t the blood. It wasn’t the guts. It wasn’t even the smell. It was the CRUSHING EMOTION of ‘We are just chunks of meat…that is all!’, that seemed to infiltrate every part of my being. I was not prepared for what I felt that day in the dry heat of that Oklahoma field.
Could this be? Is there any real meaning AT ALL to this life? What makes us any different than this beast split right down the middle that I’m staring at? Why do I have breath? Why do any of us have breath? Why does humanity think and reason, communicate, yet come to zero conclusion, have no hope, and gruelingly forced to ‘live to endure’ rather than to enjoy any of these meaningless days?
Those were the disturbing questions plaguing my entire being and did for sometime.
Meaningless. That’s what I felt. That’s what I believed. That’s what I couldn’t get out of my mind. What’s the point? That is where I found myself. But that was because that’s where I had been for a long time – breathing without purpose; existing without meaning. That was the path I had chosen and I did not see any real way back to any real purpose I may have once known or felt as a hopeful child. I wasn’t always that cynical.
The ‘world between our ears’ is indiscriminately colored by our own choices and a multitude of collective voices! An existential crisis IS an identity crisis.
I did not know who I was because I did not know Who The One True G-d IS.
If we are wise, if we desire Healing Light, we will RECEIVE the Counsel of the Holy Spirit and ‘learn to discern’ which voice(s) we are ‘hearing and obeying’. The Spirit of Truth will train us to know. The Holy One will help us to narrow all these voices down to ONE – HIS.
John 10:27 The Voice (VOICE)
27 My sheep respond as they hear My voice; I know them intimately, and they follow Me.
Revelation 3:20 The Voice (VOICE)
20 Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking. If any of you hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table, and you will be with Me.
There IS a Better Way. There is HEALING LIGHT for that dark inner world.
The Scriptures teach us there are just Two Ways. There are only two worlds, and from them come two kinds of wisdom that form the foundation of each way. I understand now that whichever way, whichever world and whichever wisdom we feed upon will become strengthened more and more.
These Two Ways will lead us to very different places in our respective journeys.
Understand: Freedom is progressive, but so is slavery.
Isaiah 61:1 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Besorah (GOOD NEWS) for the Brokenhearted
61 The Ruach of Adonai Elohim is on me,[a]
because Adonai has anointed me
to proclaim Good News to the poor.[b]
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound,
2 Corinthians 3:17
17 Now, “Adonai” in this text means the Spirit. And where the Spirit of Adonai is, there is liberty.
Each one of us gets to choose WHICH PATH and WHOSE VOICE we hear and obey.
May we choose wisely The WAY OF LIFE because where the Spirit of ADONAI is, THERE IS LIBERTY!