The life we aspire to is not of this age. We look to, we labor for the age to come.
The Bible is replete with the endurance of our predecessors. These documentations correct and comfort us. They guide us to truth, they warn us of repercussions for wrong-doing. The most beloved people of the Scriptures seemed to suffer to most. It was very dangerous, for example, to be a prophet or a king. Jealousy, words of conviction, an unpleasant prediction could get you killed.
Many examples of post-Biblical heroes are given in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. And we know that the Book of Acts of the Apostles is not complete. We too are part of this yet to be finished story.
Someone said that if God wants to bless you He sends people, if he wants to curse you He sends people. True!
Brothers and sisters near and far, we are kindred in our trials. We are familiar with grief. We have held tight to what we have been given in Truth. We have tasted the suffering of Y’shua Messiah. Because, He said we would. Now we take great comfort in the words of the psalmists, who’s throne Y’shua will take. We see ourselves in their verse.
We know Yahweh favors us because our enemies do not triumph over us.
You and I know that as we are firmly on the path of Y’shua, the words of the psalms ring true in intricate detail:
I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart. I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation. I have not concealed your loving-kindness and your truth from the great congregation.
My own familiar friend who I trusted, which did eat my bread, has lifted up his heal against me.
All that hate me whisper together against me. Against me do they devise my affliction.
Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame when they say to me Aha, aha.
An evil matter, they say, cleaves fast unto him, and now they say that he lay down he shall rise up no more.
As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and set me before Your face forever. Blessed be Yahweh Elohim of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting, Amane and Amane.
King David is well known for his harp and his songs. It seems his soul ached many times.
His own father excluded him from the roll call of sons. His father-in-law was jealous of him, tried to have him killed, tried to kill him. David restrained himself from taking opportunities to avenge. Instead, he documented his hurt, fears, abandonment, joy and exaltation after all. He did it through his many verses.
Rich, ethereal praise flowed from that ancient harp, and the cries deep within him. The powers of hell were forced to flee.
This fruit of suffering brought the timeless, comforting words of king David. Through the ages, how they resonate within us at the end.
Finally, one thought on this Thanksgiving Day. It is well to remember those who suffered and who are now suffering for the sake of the Kingdom of Yah. We lift them up to Y’shua. We know that suffering for the cause of righteousness reaps great reward in Heaven. We share in that same suffering.
Multitudes are hungry, cold, lonely and nowhere to call home. War or natural disaster, famine and sickness, until the Messiah Y’shua comes to take the throne of David. Come quickly Y’shua Messiah.