Month 2:13, Week 2:5 (Chamashee/Teruah), Year 5935:043 AM|
Gregorian Calendar: Monday 16 May 2011
The Faithful Man
One Who Has Turned to Elohim
Continued in Part 2
There is a world of difference between promise and performance as we know only too well of those whom we elect to serve in public office. People not untypically boast of their goodness yet when it comes to searching for the fulfilment of their obligations and promises we find most men sorely lacking. This is, I firmly believe, because in his own strength no man can be 'good', when he acknowledges no other resource in his life than his own powers. The truly great men of history - those with integrity, honour and a genuine concern for their fellow man - are usually found to be trusting in, and submitting to, a power greater than themselves: in Elohim (God).
"Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man?" (Prov.20:6, NKJV).
With fewer and fewer people trusting in any kind of Deity other than (as they suppose) themselves (the great delusion of the New Age Movement), so fewer and fewer men of authentic goodness are to be found. They are becoming a scarce commodity in a world where responsibility for action is being submerged and rendered invisible by mythical, faceless and inhumane entities like states and corporations. The day of the visible, responsible and righteous leader of men - a man with a tov shem or 'good name' - is practically at an end. To whom, then, can people turn and trust?
To begin with, and in order to even identify the genuine article, a man must first turn to the living Elohim (God) and submit to Him in his lev (heart). This is not merely an intellectual exercise but a yielding of the whole of his inner substance - his being, that which makes him conscious and aware of both inner and outer worlds. Philosophy and religion, like states and corporations, are, by themselves, simply human mental constructs without awareness of, or connection to, the spiritual beings that make them up. Of themselves they cannot save nor put you in right relationship with the Creator.
Having turned, he will be changed. If he doesn't change, then he hasn't turned. And if he is changed, goodness - which he did not possess before - will flow from him and in a way that it will be unmistakable. The fruits will be self-evident (Mt.7:16,20). That goodness will catalyse the hunger of those who want to know the truth and lead them to the same Elohim (God) and provoke the anger of those who do not. And the goodness that he manifests will reveal the invisible face of Elohim (God) to the world.
Men, make a fresh start every day, by turning away from self and the flesh, and to Yahweh through His Son Yah'shua (Jesus), the Redeemer!