Saturday, July 21, 2007

Jehovah-Bara

Jehovah-Bara

Lord Creator

Isaiah 40:28
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. (KJV)
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. (NIV)


There is so much in this verse. God is speaking directly to us. We are a funny people. In many ways we must seem like little children to God. All through the Bible God does a great work in someones life and just a few verses later they are in despair, wondering at their condition and needing reassurance:

Exodus 15:21-24 KJV And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. (22) So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. (23) And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. (24) And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?


Miriam is glorifying God, singing of his great wonders and miracles. Three days later the people 'murmured against Moses.' It wasn't that they were merely thirsty. That is to be expected when your flesh is deprived of what it desires, but they 'murmured against Moses.' They allowed the desires, the passions of their flesh to control their spirit. They forgot. The flesh always begs and cries for what it wants. There is nothing that we can do to prevent that. That is the nature of flesh. Our battle is always to keep the spirit in charge of the flesh. There is always trouble when the flesh is in control.

We smirk and point fingers when we see someone else succumbing to the flesh. Elijah had his huge victory over the prophets of Baal in chapter 18 of 1 Kings. You would think that enormous display of God's power would have been enough to sustain Elijah for the rest of his life, but in the very next chapter:

1 Kings 19:4
KJV But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.


Jezebel merely sends a message to Elijah that she's hunting for him, to take his life and Elijah is in despair, ready to give up. His memory, our memories are so short.

Our verse again:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. (NIV)


It is not only Elijah who forgets, we too need to read this again and again. How often have I, just a short time after God has moved mightily in my life, sat in the weeds of despair, hiding under a juniper bush? We need to keep this verse in front of our eyes. We need to read this as if for the first time, every day. . . . Let it speak to our hearts fresh every day. . . .Do you not know????. . . Have you not heard????. . . The LORD is the everlasting God. . . . the Creator of the ends of the earth. . . . . He will not grow tired or weary. . . . and his understanding no one can fathom.
He will not grow tired or weary. He is everlasting. He is the Creator of it all. He is always there. The things He did yesterday will be surpassed by even greater works in our lives tomorrow and on and on forever. . . .

It's hard for us to comprehend that God doesn't grow tired or weary. Our strength, our commitment, our passion is so very short lived. We need constant rest and renewal. We cannot understand. It is beyond us that God will always be there, never failing. . . We forget. In trying to understand Him, we project ourselves, we project our weaknesses onto God and we are certain deep inside that someday that He will tire of us. We will finally surpass His patience. . . We always worry that He will leave us. . . Our darkest fears will be realized and we will wake up and He will be gone. . .

That is our flesh speaking. . . We must not allow that. God has none of our weaknesses. He is beyond our understanding. We must take control with our spirit. . .Jezebel doesn't like it at all, but all her false prophets are dead and gone. She forgets. Elijah forgot. We must not forget. We must always keep it in front of our eyes. God never tires. He never grows weary. He is the Creator of the ends of the earth, from the top of Mount Carmel to the underside of a juniper bush, Elijah never needs to fear. God stands by His prophet of truth. God is there. . . everlasting, never tiring or growing weary, the creator of everything. . .

Dave

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