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Between You and God

 “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. “  1 Corinthians 10:31

Christmas, for some reason, has traditionally been a time when people take extra measures to reach out beyond themselves, to help those less fortunate, or less blessed.  But as followers of Jesus Christ, we are encouraged to help the poor and be rich in good works, in season and out…for the Lord.  Few have lived this example moreso than Mother Teresa.  She glorified the Lord in every deed, every act of kindness and every life she helped, and she said we could do the same…any season, every day:

People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do it anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God….

It never was between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

God’s Take on Directional Dyslexia

In just a few words, God has His input on the subject of directional dyslexia (2 posts back):

“You have wearied the Lord with your words:  Yet you say, ‘How have we wearied Him?’  In that you say, ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them’, or ‘Where is the God of Justice?‘”   Malachi 2:17

Directional Dyslexia

Sometimes I frustrate my husband as I help navigate on the road, because I’ll get a case of ‘directional dyslexia.’  If we need to make a right turn, I’ll say with complete assurance, “Left!”, even as I wave my hand to the right.  This can happen with interstate directions too, where I may mix up east and west (but not north/south..hmm.)  He’s learned to politely listen and just follow the hand.

The world around us has a more serious case of directional dyslexia!  The dilemma is described clearly in Isaiah 5:20-21:

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;

Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness.

Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight!”

An illustration of this is the “language” of abortion.  Those who wish to save the unborn in the womb are referred to as  “ANTI-choice” or “ANTI-abortion”, calling good evil.  And of course, those for abortion are called “PRO-choice”.  Supporters and paraders for such loss of life are considered “PRO”, because they’re for something, calling evil good.   Dyslexic thinking doesn’t end there…it abounds in the halls of our courts, our government, and Ivy league educational arenas, where knowledge is mistaken for wisdom, and enlightenment is utter darkness.

Jesus said, “The lamp of the body is the eye, if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.  But is your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”  Matt. 6:11

This passage can be clarified, by reviewing John 9, where the Apostle John recorded Jesus healing a blind man.  Jesus told the educated, enlightened religious crowd,

“For judgement I came into this world that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind….[they] said to Him, ‘We are not blind too, are we?”  Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say ‘We see’, your sin remains.”  John 9:39-41

This haughtiness is rampant–masses believing themselves to know and ‘see’ things better and beyond  all others.  But Jesus says that ONLY when we recognize our personal blindness (supposed wisdom) and our need for His saving touch in our lives, can we really see clearly and gain godly wisdom.

Over and over, Jesus confronts the direction or path that individuals take, seeking to set them straight on His path.  When His disciples were looking for glory and recognition, Jesus said, “…whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to first among you shall be your slave, just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  Matt. 20:26-28, and…

“Let him who is the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the servant.”  Luke 22:26

The Apostle Peter grasped this in his later years when he wrote, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the might hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.”  I Peter 5:5

Good/Evil. Light/Darkness. Greatness/Service, Humility/Exultation.  The Word of God continually lets us see that our view of life, meaning, and direction is dyslexic in contrast to Truth:

Wisdom/Foolishness

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God.  God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe….Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men….God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, and the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are.”  I Cor. 1:21,25,27-28

Seen/Unseen

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  2 Cor. 4:18

Affliction/Glory

“For momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.”  2 Cor. 4:11

Weakness/Strength

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. ” II Cor.12:9

“Therefore I am well content with weakness, insults, distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”  II Cor. 12:10

In Ecclesiastes, truly wise Solomon illustrates this, saying,  “I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.”  (Eccl. 10:17)

Simply put, as Spurgeon writes, “the world is upside down.”  He continues:

“…therefore, the first are last and the last, first. See how the servile sons of Satan lord it in the earth!  What a high horse they ride!  How they lift up their horn on high!  Haman is in the court, while Mordecai sits on the gate; David wanders on the mountains, while Saul reigns in state; Elijah is complaining in the cave, while Jezebel is boasting in the palace; yet who would wish to take the places of the proud rebels?   And who, on the other hand, might not envy the despised saints?  When the wheel turns, those who are lowest rise, and the highest sink..

…patience, then, believer, eternity will right the wrongs of time!”