Not all teaching from the Lord come directly from the word.
For example, I had been pondering some questions regarding God's will for my life, the only crystal clear direction in this area is when Jesus answered the teacher of law who had asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the law?" (Matt 22: 34-20) Jesus answer was to tell the lawyer that the first two commandments of Moses Law was not only what God required but in fact included all of the will of God for man.
Of course there are other passages that narrow God's will down into what loving one's neighbor looks like, such as Luke 10:25-37. I would even go so far as to say that most of the Bible is showing us in so many different ways what loving God, ourselves and fellow man is to look like. That being said I was having some issues about trusting in Gods will so he gave me a dream that opened my eyes to receive.
In this dream I was traveling on foot in a hostile environment with a female companion and three children. The weather had turned and was beginning to rain so we prayed for shelter. Within minuets we found and old mine tunnel, like the one pictured above except that the timbers where rotted and it appeared very unsafe. I said, " see how quickly God answered our prayer", and my companion said "how do you know it is God's will for us to stay here.". I replied, "Well, it's out of the rain. ". She said, "So, it looks really unsafe, like it could cave in at any moment." I said then we must trust in God's will for us.". That's when I awoke.
Now, just how, in what appears to be an answer to prayer but is clearly dangerous, could I have said just trust God's will!
In this life I would have never acted that way, I would have never trusted my life and the lives of those I am responsible for to a dangerous situation on the apparent flimsy reed of "Gods' Will". What about prudence and how does it play in the situation in my dream?
Prudence is a virtue but only if we understand it. Prudence is simply defined as, "the quality of being cautious." and implies the use of wisdom and good judgment. It would not seem prudent, wise or in good judgment to take shelter in an old mine tunnel that appears to be ready to collapses at any moment and that is where the trust in Gods will comes in. My prudence is in the wisdom and the sure knowledge of how God cares for his own. How can I be cautious if in fact my trust in God is founded on the fact that my life is completely in His hands.
If I live or die is none of my business, but to trust in my God, is my business.
Here is what I am saying, "Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. " Paul was confident that he would see the Philippians again when he wrote this letter but there was the possibility he could die and he was torn between serving the Philippians for Jesus or depart and being with Jesus. Finally he decided it was better to serve Jesus by serving the Philippians.
Have you ever seen the old movie "Cross and the Switchblade", you can watch it here . It is about a young preacher called of God to start a mission to the Gangs in New York City. It is a true story and is a prime example of what I am saying in this blog. The young preacher trusted God enough to put his life on the line to preach the Good News to some of the worst characters in the New York City slums. His perseverance in Love and his faith put his life in danger more than once and he gained the reward of the gangs respect and even saved a few of them. His Name was David Ray Wilkerson, founder of Teen Challenge.
It wasn't safe to be a Christian in the Roman days when the Creaser used Christians for sport in the colosseum, It wasn't safe to be a Christian In Judea during the time Saul and others persecuted the sect of Judaism known as The Way.
It isn't safe to be a Christian in any Muslim country today and it is becoming unsafe to be a Christian in our own country, a country founded on Christian and Biblical values, the good olé USA.
How can we change that? By Loving God, Loving ourselves and Loving each other.
But what does Love Look like? Paul answered it this way:
1Co 13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
1Co 13:2 And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
1Co 13:4 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil;
1Co 13:6 rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth;
1Co 13:7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things
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