Monday, 21 June 2021
Everyone has a story. Check that. Everyone has an amazing story. And, is our story ever really separate from God's story? You know the answer is, "No." We are woven into God's fabric. Our own successes and failures are a reflection of our responses to the One Who created us. His goodness and His love, guide and direct our steps. When we embrace and value His attributes, we become more like Him. When we reject Who He is, we are separated from His blessings.
Rabbi Trail: Whenever I say something here, I like to find a Scripture that proves my point. You don't have to believe me, but you do have to believe God (and God's written word). Here is some Scripture that underlines what I've been saying. End RT.
2 Corinthians 3:3-5 "It is clear that you are a letter from Messiah delivered by us--written not with ink but with the Ruach of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such is the confidence we have through Messiah toward God--not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God."
God is above all. King David knew it and expressed it as he blessed God before the people ... (This verse is part of the liturgy of the Torah service. Traditionally, it is sung as the Torah is carried around the congregation.) 1 Chronicles 29:11 "Yours, Adonai, is the greatness, the power and the splendor, and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything in heaven and earth. Yours is the kingdom, Adonai and You are exalted above all."
God transcends everything and everyone. Transcends simply means that God is above all. Hear the words of John the Baptist, which he spoke concerning Yeshua ... John 3:31 "The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaks. The One who comes from heaven is above all." This he spoke just before he made this statement concerning Yeshua ... John 3:35 "The Father loves the Son and has given everything into His hand."
What sets all of this up is this little (big) verse ... John 3:30 "He must increase, while I must decrease." In Hebrew we say, Yotair Mem'cha, Pachot Mi'me'ni, meaning "More from You, and less from me." Consider this in your devotional today.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,