Mirage or Oasis

How often do we see something and insist that is the TRUTH? that that is RIGHT? that that is being WISE?  How many things have you held on to as ‘gospel’ truth in the past only to realise that over the years, your thinking has become broader and your minds are being renewed that what you held onto was actually your ‘truth’ and not ‘the’ truth!

How  often do we consider an education and pursue it as our life goal but when we actually do get into it, we realise ‘it isn’t me’!  (No, no I was never into Engineering – long story behind that but I did it because of the pressure of my parents.  Believe it or not, I always wanted to become a Math Professor with a desire to help students effectively and hence pursue degrees in Math and Psychology… well, now the Maths is pretty much out but I’m into holistic discipleship of believers instead.)

How often do we consider someone whom we think would be the right ‘fit’ for a marriage partner or an employee and even as an ’employer’ or a ‘leader’ or a ‘pastor’ only to find out later that person didn’t care or wasn’t sincere and didn’t walk the talk.. Do excuse my phrase here but I couldn’t think of a better way to describe that with a bit of humour – that it’s all fart and no shit.  Then later when we hear people singing praises of the very person we sang praises about, you stifle a smile thinking they may learn the ‘truth’ if they ever decide to speak up  instead of being complacent with a ‘yes sir yes sir three bags full sir’.

The  MIRAGES instead of the OASIS!

On the other hand how many times have we rejected someone saying that person isn’t “the right man for the job” evaluating based on our human wisdom and through our scarred emotions and pasts and arriving to our truths?  We justify our ‘truths’ with our various hurts and denials or fear of having to step out of our comfort zones.  So we ‘reject’ based on our truths, making us view the oasis as a mirage!

I am reminded of David right now.  God sent Samuel to Jesse’s house to anoint the future king.  God hadn’t told Samuel who it was that He had wanted to be anointed.  When Jesse arrived with his sons,

Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:6-7

Then as the next 6 sons passed by, Samuel knew that they weren’t the ones that God had chosen either.  So the dialog continued:

 “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”

Jesse obviously didn’t even consider David.  After all he wasn’t he ‘first born’ and there were 7 sons before him.. and he was ‘young’.

Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”

So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” – 1 Samuel 16:11-12

Not that David didn’t have a fine appearance and we do see God often using ‘beauty’ as a means to a purpose… but the emphasis is on looking at things not the way man looks at it.

Interestingly, it was this very family line from which Jesus arises,

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;….

He will delight in the fear of the LORD . 

He will not judge by what He sees with His eyes,

or decide by what He hears with His ears” – Isaiah 11:1,3

God set the way even in choosing David as to how Jesus would be as He arises out of this very ‘stump of Jesse’.

His ways are not our ways…

but His ways become ours every single time

we yield to His truths over ours... ❤ — Laurie Roars (FB page)

Yes, it’s not what we see or what others see but how God sees it… contradicting stuff at times more than often of course.  What HE sees is TRUTH, as He isn’t looking at appearances or pretenses… He sees right through to our hearts and sees our underlying desires, our values, our motives, our fears, our scars, our denials, our hurts, our prejudices… He sees what spurs us to behave a certain way and what spurs us to  run away  like Jonah ran away from God’s calling… He knows the wicked heart that intends evil and is selfish; and He knows the righteous heart that stumbles.

May we not judge others by outer appearances and behaviours as this is often not the truth but rather our distorted view of things.. May we embrace with grace in the same way God lifted us out of the miry clay.. May we not listen to made up stories by other people and allow the enemy to spread a bad name over someone that God had chosen and set apart.  Remember Jesus was rejected by the religious leaders…

May we be the people who are humble enough to know that God knows best and thus we yield to His truths over ours.

May we let God open our eyes to discern the mirages from the oasis!

May we not conform to the ways of the world

but by the renewing of our minds be transformed to know His perfect and pleasing will.

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