- Religion and Philosophy
Have You Made a Mess of Your Past or Has a Mess Been Made of Your Past?
Yom Chamishi sameach!! Happy Fifth Day (Thursday)!! Mattityahu (Matthew) 24:12 says, “And because of the increase in lawlessness, the love of many shall become cold.” And, though I hate to continue to beat what the world considers to be a dead horse, I shall continue to question the [true] love and [genuine] acceptance of those who say they are family and/or friends. I do not do so to push family or friend away; but, to call attention to something we so desperately need to examine within each of our selves. I want to emulate my Grandma Jones, and even my daughter, Alana … these two pivotal female figures in my life both know how to just love. There is no hate found in either person. There might be found anger or disappointment from time to time; but, never hatred. And, these two women follow the example of Yeshua ha-Meshiach, Whom I strive first and foremost to be like.
Have you made a mess of your past or has a mess been made of your past?
Qohelet (Ecclesiastes) 3:15--”Whatever is has already been, and what shall be has been before. But Elohim seeks out what has been pursued.”
This verse in Qohelet illustrates to us how deep and wide and how high is the love of YeHoVaH and the eternal depth of YeHoVaH’s sovereignty. And because YeHoVaH is sovereign, this world operates in His time and in His way, not its own.
When time past meets with time now meets with time future, it is as though all time moves away from us but moves toward us at the same time. However, the theme in the Qohelet Scripture does not necessarily deal with time, rather an event or events within the passage of time. Shelomoh melech (King Solomon) is essentially saying, “What was in the past and what is in the now and what is yet to come are three and the same.” In other words, what is happening right now has already happened in the past and what is yet to happen has already happened in the past.
In other other words, YeHoVaH is in control of all time. And, in YeHoVaH’s control of time, He is seeking to restore that which we, human beings, have created … our own time. YeHoVaH will bring every past event to His purpose, and His purpose is always good and right.
In other other other words, YeHoVaH brings up every past event to His purpose for the purpose of redemption.
Have you made a mess of your past or has a mess been made of your past? If I may be so blunt, the past of my childhood is riddled with abuse and the past of my adulthood is riddled with one bad choice after another. But the Qohelet 3:15 verse gives me the evidence to see that YeHoVaH’s forgiveness, grace, love, and mercy redeems me from a point of being lost to a point of being found.
It is hard to forgive and forget; but, it can be done because all is possible with Elohim (Mattityahu 19:26). It is hard to be kind and patient; but, it can be done because all is possible with Elohim (Mattityahu 19:26). It is hard to sacrifice our selfish pride; but, it can be done because all is possible with Elohim (Mattityahu 19:26). It is hard to uphold righteousness, especially in a world hell-bent for Hell; but, it can be done because all is possible with Elohim (Mattityahu 19:26). Because YeHoVaH has brought every past, every present, and every future into His presence for His purpose.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 55:11--”So is My Word that goes forth from My mouth - it does not return to Me empty, but shall do what I please, and shall certainly accomplish what I sent if for.”
Ib’rim (Hebrews) 12:2--”Looking to the Prince and Perfecter of our belief, YeHoVaH, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the stake, having despised the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of Elohim.”
Hazon (Revelation) 22:13--”I am the Aleph and the Tav, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”