To our 9:00 am Shabbat Ark of Prayer and the Mishpacha within,
This week’s parsha is Ekev: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25, Isaiah 49:14-51:3, Romans 8:31-39. Ekev is Hebrew for “if [you follow]”.
It has taken forty years for Israel to trust the L-rd and to learn humility towards Him and that they live by the L-rd’s Word and not by their own efforts.
As the conquest of the Promised Land is about to begin, we see that G-d reaffirms his love for Israel even though they do not deserve it. He tells them, through Moses, that they should not fear the inhabitants due to the inhabitants being more numerous with fortified cities.
a) they must completely destroy the occupants, their gold and silver and their religious sites,
b) G-d will run ahead of them and use His power against all the inhabits whom G-d calls evil, and
c) they must be faithful to G-d and His commandments.
If they do these things then life will be wonderful. But if they do not, then they themselves will be destroyed.
This is exactly how my life has gone. If “I follow” G-d and stay within the boundaries He has set, things are great. But I am destroyed if I do not.
It is easy to miss that the conquest will be a little at a time and then only when G-d feels that Israel is ready.
Although I frequently complain to G-d about my problems, and especially what I feel is His tardiness, I often find, on the other side, that I was not ready to receive His solution to my problem.
I had lessons I had to learn and attitudes I had to change in order to be able to accept and effectively use the blessings and changes G-d wanted me to have. This is essentially the message G-d gave to Israel forty years prior and again as they are poised to receive His promise.
So here are the lessons I see for me from this passage:
1) I can always count on G-d’s love and His willingness to use His power on my behalf. When I forget and feel afraid in my circumstances, I can gain courage and perseverance by remembering what He has done in my life in the past.
2) G-d pursues me and continues to do right by me even though I do not deserve it.
3) I must completely destroy the hurts, habits and compulsions that block me from G-d. If I do not, they will always come roaring back and ultimately destroy me.
4) Part of the process to destroy my compulsions, is to refuse to covet and envy what others seem to have in any aspect of their life.
5) I can only be faithful to G-d if I am regularly with G-d. A cousin had a horse that became very ornery and bity, if it was not ridden a few times a week (It tried to bite me, step on my foot and buck me more than once). I am like that horse if I do not spend time with my Master.
May you be blessed this week with the opportunity to share your experience, strength and hope with someone that can use your light and love.
I hope if you that are able, you will join the 9:00 am Shabbat Teva Tefillah. We pray for the Temple, for Israel and our government.
Blessings to you and yours. May this week be G-d filled and peaceful within the storm.
Your brother in Yeshua in the TEVA TEFILLAH,
Posted on Fri, August 15, 2014
by Kurt Wilson