Weekly Sabbath Survey
Lifter of My Head — 1-21-2017
Years ago I heard about a person who was really “down on their luck.’ From a good family, grew up in the Christian faith. Initial launch into adult life went well. But fortunes turned. This person was on the ropes, spiritually and every other way. And singing the “Somebody Done Me Wrong” song. (I know the words by heart!) There is only one counsel to give a Believer in this shape. It is a sort of ‘do or die’ prospect of giving God full control of our life. We must accept the blood of Calvary as a covering for our sins. This was told to this once faithful Christian. The miserable person flew into a tirade, blurting, “I am not an evil person who needs somebody else to die for my sins! I am in control of my own life. I don’t need help from anybody!”
A TV doc might say here, “How’s that working out for you?” Or, maybe Sponge Bob, even more cruel with, “Well, good luck with that!” It’s heart breaking to see people so overwhelmed and unable, even unwilling, to accept the honest truth of what the devil and their own willfulness is doing to their life. They press on and claim to be the master of their fate, the captain of their soul. They need no help—divine or otherwise. (Except when they “borrow” money from you.) They don’t need a Savior. They are adrift on a stormy sea in a leaky boat. No life preserver, no provisions for survival. Eventually they must forsake the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. [1 John 2:16] They cannot stay in denial of their extreme circumstances. There’s a line in a Bob Dylan song: “When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain?” Even if we do lose everything, we must strengthen our hope of heaven, our trust in Jesus!
We may learn the Good News as children, but at some point we need to HEAR the Bad News. Sometimes, possessed with only the Good News, we find it of little value and declare ourselves “The Boss of Me.” We put Jesus in chains, throw Him into a hidden place until later when we die and need Him to punch our ticket into Heaven. Meanwhile, we sail the seas of life in storms and weather fair, thinking we are OK because we still have our head above the water. Some of us are in the leaky boat and some are absolutely on the Titanic. Hear the Bad News: All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. There is none righteous, not even ONE. What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!!!
He promised to take our heavy burdens. In Bible days, men walked along the dusty roads, some carrying large bundles on their backs, bent over under the weight their faces looking at the ground. There was no UPS, no delivery service. Rich people had camels. Poor people carried the load themselves. At the time, another person traveling light might offer to carry some of the load for another. The person would say with joy, “Friend, you are the lifter of my head!” Many times they didn’t even know each other. That line became a Jewish idiom for being a great help to another. Jesus wants to help us with the load we carry. He wants to be the Lifter of Our Head. He promised that His load is always lighter than ours.
It’s sometimes hard to TRUST God, even when we are saved. But when we finally do, it will change our life forever!! Your faith becomes trust, and your trust becomes grace, and your grace becomes PEACE, even in the storms. Faith is difficult. It is work. Trust is a simple surrender, but even then it takes a great push on our part to get there. Then, grace slips us into that wonderful peace. It comes fully as a gift God gives. We should never have to work for it. It is a Peace that passes understanding. A peace that given our circumstances, doesn’t make sense! These are lessons we learn over and over in life. We forget, and the Lord has to remind us of what we learned before. Life is school and will be until the day we “graduate.” All the while we are going back and forth between ‘we know it’ and ‘we forgot it,’ He is our protector, and our righteousness, and the bearer of all our burdens.
Lord, how things that trouble me are increased. Many say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” But Thou, O Lord, are a shield for me; my glory and the lifter of my head. Psalm 3:1-3
Charlene Reams Manning, Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
Copyright July 2016
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