Monday, November 12, 2012

Go With the Flow

Go with the Flow
Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr

We are creatures of habit and love the security and familiarity of boundaries, routines and things that are set in stone. But we are described in the Scriptures as water (Prov. 21:1) and clay (Isa. 64:8) to be routed and plied in the hands of Almighty GOD. Not to say we should toss structure out the window and go with every fleeting whim. And not to say that there isn’t any absolutes to go by spiritually. What I am saying is that within the bounds of structure is plenty of room for something new, for some variety in our spiritual life, routine and our relationship with GOD; we shouldn’t be dependent upon routine.  You can still have order and freshness simultaneously (I Cor. 14:40). Our relationship with GOD is like with any couple, no matter how much you love each other dinner and a movie every weekend is predictable and becomes stale and boring. We should wake up and set about our spiritual regiment but be willing to obey and go in a totally different direction should the Holy Spirit guide us to do so. In other words you don’t have to pray the Amidah every day or in the same way. Maybe you will wake up and find that GOD wants you to shut up and listen to Him for a while. We need to recognize when this happens and be willing to toss our routine to the side temporarily.

One of the problems is when we witness and are involved in a mass movement of GOD like that of a Brownsville or Azusa Street Revival and we think we have arrived and it should always be like this and when it peters out, we become disillusioned and wonder what has happened. When this happens, we should thank God for such an experience and look for the new move of the Spirit on the horizon and not try to drum up or recreate an old movement of GOD.

Isa. 43: 19a Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?

Ezk. 36:26a I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you

Obey, do not quench the move of the Spirit in your daily walk (I Thess. 5:19).