Sunday, June 03, 2007

I Yam What I Yam.
"Are you obsessed by something? You will probably say, "No, by nothing," but all of us are obsessed by something— usually by ourselves, or, if we are belivers, by our own experience of the believers life. But the psalmist says that we are to be obsessed by G-d. The abiding awareness of the holy life is to be G-d Himself, not just thoughts about Him. The total being of our life inside and out is to be absolutely obsessed by the presence of G-d. A child’s awareness is so absorbed in his mother that although he is not consciously thinking of her, when a problem arises, the abiding relationship is that with the mother. In that same way, we are to "live and move and have our being" in G-d, looking at everything in relation to Him, because our abiding awareness of Him continually pushes itself to the forefront of our lives".

"If we are obsessed by G-d, nothing else can get into our lives— not concerns, nor tribulation, nor worries. And now we understand why our Lord so emphasized the sin of worrying. How can we dare to be so absolutely unbelieving when G-d totally surrounds us? To be obsessed by G-d is to have an effective barricade against all the assaults of the enemy."

"He himself shall dwell in prosperity . . ." ( Psalm 25:13 ). G-d will cause us to "dwell in prosperity," keeping us at ease, even in the midst of tribulation, misunderstanding, and slander, if our "life is hidden in G-d". We rob ourselves of the miraculous, revealed truth of this abiding companionship with God. "God is our refuge . . ." ( Psalm 46:1 ). Nothing can break through His shelter of protection".

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