The Good Guy, The Bad Guy, and The Great Guy
Yom Hamishi sameach!! Happy Sixth Day (Friday) … also Preparation Day!! What a wonderful day!! It’s cold, I won’t argue with that … annnnnd … that’s okay!! YeHoVaH has seen to it that I have all I need for today … I have hot coffee in my belly, a husband who is my strength as I am his, children who honor, love, and respect me, hope for my future, the riches of the glory of Shamayim (Heaven) … I am Adonai’s and He is mine!! I am saved and bought by the blood of Yahshua ha-Meshiach, and I live eternally with the guidance of Ruach HaKodesh!!
The Most Important Part of the Day
What is most important to me today? That Mark and I get along? That the kids obey all of my directives and instructions? The dog and the cat figure out how to go outside and back inside without me having to do it for them? That the weather stays as it is, not getting any colder and [definitely] not snowing? My comfort?
I could give you a very long answer; but, I think I shall make this answer quick.
The short answer is …
None of these things.
The most important part of my day today is the glory of YeHoVaH!!
Would any of you mind if I was completely and bluntly honest today? Sometimes, we need to hear a good thing, some days we need to hear a bad thing that leads to a good thing; but, every day, we need to hear an honest thing.
The glory of YeHoVaH is the most important part of today, of any day. Yet … yes, yet ...in my humanness, somehow the glory of YeHoVaH will slip from my vantage viewpoint of life, and I will only see me, my needs, my stresses, my worries. I don’t mean for it to be like that; but, it is like that more often than I would like to admit. And, not just me, all of you as well. And, like me, you don’t want that, but it will happen.
I think it might be a safe bet to say that most of us, at one time or another, have seen a Disney movie. They really are all the same, just with different characters. The opening of the movie is joyous and celebratory, usually because of the birth of a wee lad or lass who is heir to the throne of whatever kingdom is the cornerstone of the movie. Then, something terrible happens, either to the wee lad or lass or his or her parents. And, not always are the bad guys really bad guys; at least not at first. They are just the underdogs vying for a way to the top. Everyone roots for the bad guy. Everyone wants the underdog to win. And, for a while, it looks like the underdog might really come out on top of it all. All the while, the people we thought were the good guys turn out to be people writhing in stupidity or some other such nonsense. Until, at last, we see that the bad guy really was the bad guy, and the good guy, even when we thought he was not such a good guy, really was a great guy.
The book of Yob (Job) tells a somewhat similar story. Yob is a man who has much wealth, he has prospered greatly; he’s got a wife, 7 sons and 3 daughters, 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a plethora of servants in multiple houses (Yob 1:1-3). Somehow, we know that Yob is the good guy. Then, everything changes. The bad guy- ha-satan -has a chat with YeHoVaH, and Yob loses everything. Is Yob going to become the bad guy now? What happens?
During most of the book of Yob, we see Yob, not losing face, as his friends keep on after him to do, or even as his wife had asked him to do, “Renounce YeHoVaH, and die.” (Yob 2:9). But, Yob maintains his adoration and worship of YeHoVaH.
In the end, the bad guy (ha-satan), who was always the bad guy, is still the bad guy. The good guy (Yob) seemed to falter a time or two, making us think that he might turn bad when really he became even greater. And YeHoVaH was still adored, glorified, honored, and praised, as He is always to be.
Making It Even More Personal
Now, for me, yes, some days, ha-satan comes at me, and my faith withers and fades away before I can even open my strategy book, my Bible. I can only be honest with you about this. Other days, the glory of YeHoVaH is seen, felt, heard, smelled, and tasted … Tehillim (Psalms) 38:4 says, “Oh taste and see that Adonai is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” Then, there are those days in between, those days when ha-satan seems to be playing cat-and-mouse with me, and everyone around me is telling me to give up because I won’t win. These are the days when my armor is strapped on with efficiency, even if it might look like me, the good guy, will become the bad guy; but, in the end, I become even greater.
Baruch ata, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam, she’asah li kol tzorki.
Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the universe, Who provides for me all of my needs.