by Jay O'Toole
The Lord doesn't always speak in an audible voice, but often in nudges, moving the heart.
The Lord is a gentleman. He is patient. He is longsuffering|
He often remains silent, while we are speaking, but He will not remain silent forever.
He can be grieved and quenched when we refuse His message.
When nothing else works to get our attention,
then He may allow "...the pestilence that walketh in darkness;..."
to come into our lives to urge us to "...abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
When He gets our attention, and we begin to cry, "Daddy, save me," (Romans 8:15, KJV)
then "...I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him."
These selections come from Psalm 91. Many times my thoughts return to my childhood
with the reading of this psalm. When I was a little boy, I was wont to hide behind
my earthly daddy when dangerous or unfamiliar situations arose in my life.
My Daddy on earth was much bigger and much stronger than I was.
How much greater, today, as a grown man, that I can look to my Heavenly Father,
Who is infinitely bigger and stronger than my earthly father ever was.
As children, we were very good at "reading" our parents.
They gave us certain looks, which told us how to act without ever speaking words.
"You better not speak right now. I am so angry about what you have done."
"I love you, Dear One. Come here. Let me give you a hug."
Myriad were the looks in between these two extremes on the continuum.
The Lord in like manner says, "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye." (Psalm 32:8, KJV)
Earthly parents would often touch us on the shoulder in public,
especially when we were "acting up." When our eyes met,
they would simply hold up one index finger, waving it back and forth.
This meant, "Stop! Think about what you are doing!
Change your behavior before the hand of judgment falls on the seat of knowledge!"
Of course, at other times a big, strong, gentle arm would wrap slowly around our chests,
drawing us back to them in a warm embrace, simply meaning, "I love you,...just because."
The Lord in His inimitable ways gives us His Own Divine Nudges.
Daily walking with the Lord
is often silence rare.
He gives me time to know His Word,
from which to know His care.
He's hidden all we need to know
in precious leaves of gold.
His life is value to bestow
in riches yet untold.
These days of Earth can trying be
to purify the heart.
His blessed Self we still don't see,
until the scales depart.
The wisest Father lives Above,
and guides His child aright.
He pours His Light in rays of love
to banish all our night.
When I don't think He sees me here
through soulish, selfish whim
my parent heart must make it clear
through God's Words, all of them.
The golden heart of Jesus Christ,
this treasure without end,
a Gift so precious, without price,
removing debt to mend.
These days of Earth are golden seen
as rarest kernel sown.
The days fore'er are always clean
from sin, we've sadly known.
The gold of Earth in value small,
compared with lasting trove
is twinkling lights' lone Christmas call
near God's most Holy Dove.
by Jay O'Toole
on December 29th, 2020
"6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things;
and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth;
and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness;
there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understandeth,
and right to them that find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver;
and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies;
and all the things that may be desired
are not to be compared to it."
(Proverbs 8:6-11, KJV)
"O Hear, my loved ones, for I say,
'The things I speak excel above
the vainer things in vast array.'
My open lips do call in love.
"My mouth shall speak God's living Truth,
and wickedness shall not come near
my lips so bidden from my youth,
that goodness of our God be clear.
"For all the words are spoken right
from my mouth, that His Glorious Name
would never know a froward despite,
nor perversity to seek Him blame.
"All wisdom words are to him plain,
the one, who understandeth much.
For godliness is to him gain,
and right to them, that knowledge touch.
"Receive instruction at my hand,
not silver in its fading glow.
I would you follow the knowledge plan
more than accounts of gold to grow.
"For wisdom is now better far
than rubies in their earthbound sheen,
and all the things unto a star
desired, but not compared as clean."
It is amazing to me just how much wisdom is translated from one heart to the next by the speaking of the mouth. For instance, Proverbs 17:28 adds to the message of this passage in Proverbs 8. "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." There is an allegedly historical quote, which is often attributed to former President Abraham Lincoln, "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt." However, proof, that he actually said it remains unsubstantiated. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/05/17/remain-silent/
The sage, here in the Proverbs passage, writes about speaking "of excellent things." In modern American English, "excellent" means, "extremely good," but I think there is an additional nuance of meaning. "Excellent" has the connotation of "something, that excels, or goes beyond." If I'm going to tell the world of The Lord, then it would necessarily require me to speak of things, which are higher and far beyond this world.
The writer of Proverbs goes on to mention the proper use of the mouth four times, and the eschewing of wrong things twice.
Positively, he says, "I will speak," "the opening of my lips," "my mouth shall speak," and "all the words of my mouth."
Negatively, he shuns "wickedness," which is "an abomination to my lips," and his mouth will speak "nothing froward or perverse." A "froward" person is "anti, contrary, and not very easy to deal with." Think Nabal in David's day. Nabal was quite the churl, but apparently, David got the better of the incident because Nabal's former wife, Abigail, became one of David's more respected wives, IMHO.
Proverbs 8:9 explains that Wisdom is "plain" and "right" to someone, who has "understanding," and those, who "find knowledge." In short, it would seem, that the choice of the human heart makes some people magnets for wisdom, while others seem to end up foolish. This matter of the heart's choice is borne out in Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1, "The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God.'" The foolhardy are rarely unintelligent. Quite the contrary, fools tend to be brilliant, and it is their trust in human brilliance, that causes him or her to live in the perpetual state of foolishness because a fool is someone, who knows the truth but rejects the Truth in blatant antagonism.
Finally, in verses 10 & 11, we find, that Wisdom has a greater premium than any earthly commodity of wealth. "Instruction" and "wisdom" are more highly valued in God's Economy than are "silver," "choice gold," "rubies," and "all the things that may be desired."
I've always found it interesting, that in Heaven the streets are paved with gold. I've, also, been mystified by the human penchant to decry the Heavenly "streets of gold" as a sign of wasteful opulence. Really? Would it not be better to see, that streets being paved with gold in Heaven is the Lord's statement of true value than some alleged waste of resources. Could it be possible, that Earth's highest commodity of wealth accumulation, which is gold, is relegated in Heaven to the same level of commonality as is asphalt on Earth?
Earth's GOLD is Heaven's DIRT. It kind of puts things into perspective for us, doesn't it?
The Lord treasures WISDOM.
The Lord treasures RELATIONSHIP.
If we claim to be His son or His daughter, then what do we each treasure?
by Jay O'Toole
on December 28th, 2020
"For unto us a child is born,
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace."
(Isaiah 9:6, KJV)
A Child is born to us, today.
A Son is Victor o'er dismay.
The Government he shoulders strong
to lift our hearts and fill with song.
His Name is called the Counselor Best,
Who deals with sin and meets each test.
He's Mighty God, and Father Fore'er,
Who hears each cry and listens to prayer.
The Prince of Peace, God's mighty Son,
defeated His death and our vict'ry won.
He is coming, again, for His bride to retrieve.
Those with oil in their lamps will His Blessing receive.
Not a human on Earth will defeat this great King.
Not a spirit above could defeat to him bring.
Play your governance games, while He's giving you breath.
There's a price for our Sin, since, at last, it is death.
We shall stand at His Throne on that day of all days,
pleading mercy and grace as His Justice displays,
but the Grace of the Babe found on Calvary's hill,
brought the Mercy of God in His lone gifted Will.
Happy Christmas to all for the Babe has now come!
He's the Victor o'er Sin, every part and the sum.
Christ has made every field, all the sky, every town.
We'd be wise to come near Him, and humbly bow down.
Think about it in-depth, every ancient and youth.
That lone Baby we swaddled remembered all Truth.
He was lying in hay, that He made just to feed
every workhorse and cow, every earthy, dear breed.
At His feast, that awaits, we will enter in white
for the Blood, that He shed, has with God made us right.
by Jay O'Toole
on December 24th, 2020
"5 Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
of things in heaven, and things in earth,
and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father."
(Philippians 2:5-11, KJV)
"Oh, let this mind be in your heart,
the Mind of Christ, the Lord,
to save our lives, right from the start
as way, life, truth, and Word.
"He, being in God's truest form
did not recoil from loss.
He as the lowest servant has come
to pay sin's final cost.
"He made Himself like other men.
Himself He humbled low.
Obedient He was for sin
for to the cross He'd go.
"Obeying to death, the death of the cross,
this Man descended low,
but was exalted past the dross
of human sin He'd know.
"The Lord hath given Him the name,
above all names beside,
that at the mention of His name
we'd bow. Don't try to hide.
"For at His Name, we must submit,
all souls in Heaven above,
all souls on Earth, our pride we quit,
and Hell-bound souls removed.
"And every tongue will say, 'It's true!
This Jesus is the Lord!'
We'll give all Glory, me with you
to the Father of The Word."
He came as a missionary for the salvation of souls.
He with the limited number of days,
which were required to accomplish his mission.
He did what He came to do, and then
He returned to the Right Hand of the Father,
where He remains to this very day,
waiting for leave to return to Earth
to gather out His Bride,
the one with the vessel of pure oil of the Holy Spirit.
Soon we will be with Him forever.
I pray, that all of my readers
have been saved, and have been made ready.
The offer is still available, today.
But as it is written on a T-shirt I have in my possession,
"This offer expires when you do."
The words are not very subtle, but they are very effective.
by Jay O'Toole
on December 22nd, 2020
The Victor knows His best approach
to win the fleeting day.
He needs no other hopeful coach
to show the needed way.
The Savior of this fallen world
became a babe in arms.
The banner o'er, the star unfurled,
redemption from alarms.
He lived a simple craftsman's day.
Just three short years we know
to show, that God could live Man's way
before His Help to show.
The Victor called some fishermen,
a tax man, zealot, fool,
who wanted Him to live their plan,
to be their saving tool.
But when He went as a Lamb betrayed
to beatings and the cross,
His friends forsook Him as He said.
His life, it seemed a loss.
He rose, again, no more to die
with Enemy aghast.
The Victor, precious souls to buy,
no memory of their past.
The Victor knows the greatest heights
are won by starting low.
The darker are the biting nights,
the brighter Light will grow.
by Jay O'Toole
on December 21st, 2020
"Proverbs 6:6-11 Shun laziness
6. Go to the ant, thou sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise:
7. Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler.
8. Provideth her meat in the summer,
and gathereth her food in the harvest.
9. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard?
When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
10. Yet a little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to sleep.
11. So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth,
and thy want as an armed man."
"Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans." This seems most often to be recognized as a John Lennon quote. However, he was merely one among many to espouse this whimsical saying.
Ants don't worry about making other plans. They've got Life to live, and they live it quite well. Neither do they worry about having a boss. Everyone knows their job. Everyone does their job. Everybody builds the colony because a colony has to be built.
Sleeping Life away is fun, until there is no place to sleep, and no money for food to keep oneself alive. Oversleeping loses muscle tone. Loss of muscle tone makes finding work difficult, and much more difficult to do once it is found.
Without work, without money, without food, without a home, we are left robbed of Life in its very essence.
Proverbs 6:6-11 has a strong connection with Psalm 1. Read them together for great insights.
"1 Blessed is the man that walketh not
in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree
planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season;
his leaf also shall not wither;
and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so:
but are like the chaff
which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the ungodly
shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous:
but the way of the ungodly shall perish."
(Psalm 1:1-6, KJV)
"Blessed is the ant, that walketh not
in the counsel of the sluggish,
nor standeth in the way of the do-nothings,
nor sitteth when there's a harvest to gather.
"The ant needs no guide,
but instincts from the Lord,
and what he was created to do
is all he thinks about throughout his life.
"This ant will be like a well-watered tree,
that is fed throughout the year.
It is fruitful in its life on Earth
because it does its appointed work
when it's time to work,
and it has food to eat when it is hungry,
the blessed fruit of its labors.
No stone around its colony gathers moss
because the stones don't stay in one place
long enough to gather moss.
Ungodly people are not like the industrious ant, nor the well-planted tree.
Sleepy people are lightweights, who are blown away by a stiff wind.
Sleepy, slumber-time people are chastised by the Lord in the time of Judgment.
Ungodly sleepers have what things they do own stolen by anyone with a weapon.
The ungodly will have no benefit in Time, nor in Eternity.
But the Lord knows the righteous, personally.
"The Lord is good.
A stronghold in the time of trouble,
and He knoweth them, that trust in Him."
(Nahum 1:7, KJV)
by Jay O'Toole
on December 17th, 2020
"8 And there were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:
and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David
a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace,
good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass,
as the angels were gone away from them into heaven,
the shepherds said one to another,
Let us now go even unto Bethlehem,
and see this thing which is come to pass,
which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste,
and found Mary, and Joseph,
and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it,
they made known abroad the saying
which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it
wondered at those things
which were told them
by the shepherds."
(Luke 2:8-18, KJV)
"8 The shepherds were there in a rough, country place,
abiding quite low in the field.
Protecting their flocks, (not known for their grace,)
each staff as a cudgel to wield.
"9 Before they could think the angel of God
was on them with Glory about,
and shining around with glorious kabod,
afraid, they had never redoubt.
"10 And the angel quite said to the men standing there,
'Fear thee not: for, behold, I've a thing
to tell you that's good with great Joy, that I bear
to all people, which will make you sing.
"11 For to you be it known, He is born on this day
in the city of David, the king,
the Messiah, a Saviour, this great word, that I say,
Who is Christ, ever Lord, tidings bring.
"12 And this is the sign, which shall be unto you.
You shall find the wee babe in a wrap.
These swaddling clothes for the small One, so new
are keeping Him warm for His nap.
"13 And suddenly there was with the angel abroad
a large group of the heavenly host.
They were speaking aloft, and praising One God,
and saying of Him, Who they boast,
"14 Great Glory to God in the highest above,
and on Earth, there is peace to all men.
We bring you good will from the Lord of all Love,
(Who has come to redeem you from sin.)
"15 And it came there to pass as the angels were gone
away from them up into Heaven,
that the shepherds then said, 'Why we stand here alone?
We must needs be a-going to seek greatest blessing
e'en to Bethlehem to see what is done
for it came there to pass in the Lord's wondrous lesson.
"16. And they came with great haste to this fam'ly so new,
finding Mary and Joseph alert,
and the babe in the manger, the Savior, Who's true.
His Salvation believers convert.
"17 When they'd seen it, they made know the saying abroad,
which was told them, concerning this child.
18 And the ones, who had heard it, quite wondered at God,
and the things, that the shepherds compiled."
by Jay O'Toole
on December 15th, 2020
The cold and heat of day and night
will test and try the soul.
Avoid the winter with your might,
but strife can make you whole.
Each caterpillar rests betimes,
transforming in its sleep,
then struggling through a crack it climbs,
escaping from its keep.
The wings within the pupa state
have naught of strength to fly,
but wings escaping are made great,
and lift it to the sky.
The effort spent upon the road
a-running 'til we're strong
is rarely pleasant for the load
is us from eating wrong.
We do the right for earthly good,
but not applause to gain
for that's an idol made of wood.
'Tis gone before the rain.
Do people like us? Call us blest?
Want our friends to be?
The few may share life through the test,
but most won't wait to see.
My Dad once said, (it seems quite true,)
"If you have lasting friends,
then they will be just one or two,
who stay 'mid Life's great winds."
"The road is wide, which many choose.
('All can't be wrong,' they say.)
But life is found by all, who lose
their selfish, pride-filled way.
We gain the treasure of the field
by giving all we own.
Our spirit's sickness will be healed
by He, Who died Alone.
This same One broke the bonds of death,
and walked out from the grave
to give us hope and lasting breath,
no more to be Sin's slave.
His child may live some pupa days,
before he soars above,
but every step along His Way
is guided by His Love.
Your one lone Friend at times may be
this loving Savior, Lord.
with Him the best days you will see
while feasting on his Word.
"13 Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it."
(Matthew 7:13-14, KJV)
by Jay O'Toole
on December 14th, 2020
The Lord is good each passing day.
He honors His lone Word.
All Glory is His to ever display.
His lasting title is Lord.
His Will is ever closing in.
He writes each daily text.
The weary heart so bound by sin
feels pressure and is vexed.
Salvation comes to those, who wait
before the Lord in tears
for Christ, Alone, is Door and Gate
for those, who drown in fears.
"Please, save me, Lord. This is my plea.
I've no other place to turn.
Before Your Grace on bended knee.
Please, free me from Judgment's burn."
"The one, who comes for pardon will
be saved by only Me.
My work on Calvary did fulfill
the debt of sin you see.
"Salvation is completely Mine.
I did the work. It's through.
Just rest in Me, and ne'er repine.
Father's gift to Me is you."
(John 6:37; Hebrews 4:9)
by Jay O'Toole
on December 11th, 2020
"Chapter 5:1-4 Forsake Lust.
1. My son, attend unto my wisdom,
and bow thine ear to my understanding.
2. That thou mayest regard discretion,
and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3. For the lips of a strange woman
drop as an honeycomb,
and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4. But her end is bitter wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword."
"My son, please keep my wisdom sure,
and listen 'til you know.
Prevention is your greatest cure
for awfulness doth grow.
"Regard discretion to your core
for lock-ed lips are wise.
Choose throughly words you use before
your tongue puts you in a vise.
"The shrewdest shrew has the sweetest kiss.
'My husband will never know,'
But life is stolen quick, like this,
and the shame of this doth grow.
"The honeycomb of this stranger's tongue,
distasteful it is soon
for hope will be from your heart quite wrung,
unhelped by the greatest rune.
"The mouth of oil is smooth as silk,
but her body is a trap.
Your friends will be the rudest ilk
with whom your lot shall hap.
"The consequences of a tryst
will bite in bitterest loss.
It wounds thee for it's never missed,
this sword of lasting cost."
This is a difficult subject to contemplate for me,
since I realize, "Except for the Grace of God, there go I."
Over the years a spiritual sensitivity has been developed
by the Holy Spirit in the deepest part of my knower.
I am grateful for the encouragement of Romans 8:1,
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them
which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit,"
but the youthful dalliances of my own history
have been part of the experiential knowledge of that knower.
I am consistently aware of the danger when I am in the presence
of a woman, who is as the one described in this passage.
Though I can't always discern whether or not her apparent
experiential knowledge in this particular realm of sin
is personally chosen or has been foisted upon her by another,
I have one focused desire. That is to remove myself
from her presence as quickly as possible.
Though I care for her condition before the Lord,
I don't feel confident, that I am the right Christian
to minister to her heartfelt needs.
To put it another way, a sheep may be concerned about the salvation of wolves,
but he should pray long and hard before setting up a revival tent in wolf country,
and never, ever should such an individual "go it alone."
Finally, an ex-drunk would probably be wise not to hold a Bible study in a bar.
It is true, that the Lord can use us, even in our weak areas, but the scenarios, that caused us to fall in the past should be avoided at all costs. Ministry is best accomplished with a support team. Sin is consistently the result of the Loner Mentality, which leads us back to the core lesson of this passage.
It seems that Homer best described this scenario in his famous novel, Iliad and the Odyssey. Odysseus was wise enough to know, that even the strongest mariners can lose their very lives to the Siren's Song, which appealed to the baser nature of man. He knew that the voyage home led right past the Siren's lair. So, he caused the rowers of his vessel to be unhearing by covering their ears in some way, while he ordered them to tie him to the mast with the strongest cords available. By this, we learn, that we can make our way home, only with the help of others.
May the Lord give us wise friends to keep us wise. Remember always, that the last little pig built his house out of bricks, welcoming his two friends into his home without question.
by Jay O'Toole
on December 10th, 2020
22. For they are life to those that find them,
and health to all their flesh.
23. Keep thy heart with all diligence,
for out of it are the issues of life.
24. Put away from thee a froward mouth,
and perverse lips put far from thee.
25. Let thine eyes look right on,
and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26. Ponder the path of thy feet,
and let all thy ways be established.
27. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left:
remove thy foot from evil."
Verse #22: "Wise words are treasures to be found
because they give life to the treasure-finders.
Wise words give health to the treasure finder's entire body."
Verse #23: "The wise person's heart must be protected as you would in the guarding of gold for it is gold. The heart affects every aspect of life. That's why the heart must be protected so soundly."
Verse #24: "If you speak everything you think, then you are stupid. Get rid of that kind of mouth with the same speed you would use to outrun a thunderstorm into the safety of your house. Filthy lips, tongue, and mouth have no place in the life of a wise human being. Use filthy words and you are no longer wise. Wisdom is G-rated. Stupidity is rated, 'R' and more."
Verse #25: "It is wise to be focused on that, which is excellent. Distractibility shows a lower commitment to wisdom. Succumbing to impulse-buys is foolish in both the physical and the spiritual realms."
Verse #26: "Think about the steps you take. Thoughtful steps provide your life with a sure foundation."
Verse #27: "In order to plow a straight furrow in life, pick a spot at the end of your row, maintaining your focus on that spot, until you arrive there, then and only then you can choose another spot at the other end of the next row for the next furrow. Distracted looking creates crooked furrows. No good farmer looks around. You shouldn't, either. The only place to step is in the middle of the furrow. Steps outside the furrowed path are evil, and sinful because they miss the mark of the surest way for the good seeds to be planted. "Walking the narrow way leads to life." (Matthew 7:13-14, KJV)
"The father's words are wise, young man.
Please, find them every day.
Then full of life, you'll live the Plan
with health now on display.
"To keep your heart with diligence
will show your values true
for from your heart of innocence
great life will live through you.
"Fast put away thy mealy-mouth.
Fast run from filthy words.
Perverse lips take the whole life south.
So, put away these deeds.
"Thine eyes must look right down the line.
Thy furrowed hopes be true.
Thine eyelids straight, thy focus mind,
until God's Purpose do.
"Ponder the path for thine own two feet.
Establish every step.
The end of the way is ever replete.
Use wisely every rep.
"Go straight down the line, young people, I say.
Turn not to the right, nor the left."
My chancellor quoth this every day,
preventing lives bereft.
"Turn not away from Truth, thy Friend.
Tread not in evil schemes.
Thy right hand with thy left must mend
the focus of your dreams."
May we live focused lives, that cherish wise words, wise thoughts, and wise deeds.
Be blessed, Everyone, to live in the way of wisdom.
by Jay O'Toole
on December 9th, 2020
Prompt: "Proverbs 4:18-21 Avoid Bad Company
18. But the path of the just is as the shining light,
that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19. The way of the wicked is as darkness:
they know not at what they stumble.
20. My son attend to my words;
incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21. Let them not depart from thine eyes;
keep them in the midst of thine heart."
"The just are those, who walk the shining path.
It shineth more and more of perfect day.
The wicked walk in dark with surly laugh.
They stumble and reject the word,'obey.'
"A son is wise to listen to the words
a father speaks into the listening ears.
With eyes so bright the truth is never blurred,
and wisdom's heart will keep, protect from fears."
Proverbs 4:18, "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day," dovetails with Psalm 119:105, KJV, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Walking a path through the woods at night without any sort of illumination is difficult at best, and treacherous at worst.
This old world is a very dark place, spiritually, all the time, and physically, it is dark every night. God's word helps us to walk wisely through this world, that is so deeply influenced by the Dark Kingdom of Hell.
This is underscored by the words of Proverbs 4:19, "The way of the wicked is as darkness:
they know not at what they stumble.". You've heard of The Enlightenment, right? That is merely a euphemism for Romans 1:20-21, KJV, "20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened."
Romans 1:20 states the obvious. God is Light. In John 14:6 Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life," which children sometimes get wrong by quoting the last phrase as "and the light." (I was one of these children.) Light is not part of the verse, but Jesus as the Light covers the verse and is plainly stated in John 9. One cannot see the One, Who is leading the way, without light to illumine His Face. One cannot know the Truth without Light flooding the mind to see the Truth. One cannot live life wisely without this living Individual, Who guides every step along the way.
For a human to reject Jesus, turning toward a path of Enlightenment, "their foolish heart has to be darkened" in order to believe, that leaving The True Light is the way to find the light.
Proverbs 4:20-21 is an example of Hebrew parallelism.
"20. My son attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart."
1. "Attend to my words" means to be fully present when the father is speaking. Listen to your father as though you are fully aware and attentive in a college or university classroom, taking mental and physical notes because a test grade depends on it. Listening to the words of one's wise father has the same ramifications in life. Your very life depends on knowing wisdom.
2. "Incline the ear" means to lean toward the person, who is speaking in this case, the father. To turn and to lean one's ear toward the person, who is speaking implies that the listener is being intentional about hearing what is being said. Greater amounts of sound enter the ear when its widest opening is in the direction of the widest part of the mouth.
3. "Not depart from the eyes" is an interesting of putting the listening process. I get frustrated with someone, who is listening to me while sending a text, surfing the web, or responding to a phone call, "Sorry, I gotta take this!" Really? I'm your teacher, and you "gotta take this"? I came up with a phrase to express a very important concept, regarding communicating with me. "Listen to me with your whole face." The more senses we use in transmitting and receiving the spoken word the more it is probable, that we will remember what is spoken. When someone is speaking, listen to the sounds of the words with your ears, and observe the movements of the lips for the possibility of comprehending the movements of the lip muscles to cross-reference the movements with the sounds heard. Again, Listen with your whole face.
4. "Keep in the middle of your heart" means to have the commitment to take the wise words into the depth of your very person. The middle of one's heart is the corresponding Holy of Holies of the human's Temple of the Spirit of God. (I Corinthians 3:16) No one may just walk into The Holy of Holies. This "middle of the heart" is the treasure trove, where one keeps the most important documents of one's very life.
May the Lord always give us the wisdom to listen to the wise people in our lives, that we may draw closer to Lord, staying in His Presence.
|"2 That ye may be mindful of the words
which were spoken before by the holy prophets,
and of the commandment of us
the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first,
that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?
for since the fathers fell asleep,
all things continue as they were
from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of,
that by the word of God the heavens were of old,
and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was,
being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth,
which are now, by the same word are kept in store,
reserved unto fire against the day
of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing,
that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years,
and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward,
not willing that any should perish,
but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,
the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."
(II Peter 3:2-10, KJV)
The scoffers come, who fall away
from God's established Word.
They follow self to do and say.
So, truth is badly blurred.
The best we'll ever have is this
The word of God in Truth,
Commandments from the Lord of Bliss,
Apostles from their youth.
These fallen souls of pooching lip,
they slander God's Own Son,
"Where is the proof? Please, let it slip,
if you still think you've won."
"Oh, ancient preacher, you'll be gone,
while we'll play fast and loose.
You'll feed the sod, and green the lawn,
you haggard, grey old goose."
So, ignorant they are fore'er.
Th'eternal Word of God
has shown his judgment plainly there
in Noah's worldwide Flood.
The world as silver one day tried
by Judgment at His Hand
will find the dross of human pride,
to purify by Plan.
The choice of Path on Earth we make
will last eternally.
A thousand years will quickly take
the time, that one's Day be.
But fear not, O repentant heart.
The Lord doth suffer long
to make of thee thy greatest start
to sing Redemption's Song.
Salvation's Day is just right now.
Don't on the morrow count.
Thy knee must quickly 'fore Him bow.
He ascended from the Mount.
But one day soon the Lord will come,
a Thief in stealth of night.
The Heavens pass with noisy sum.
The parts of Earth in plight.
Each mouth of words will then be dumb,
all things burned, then made right.
Today's Prompt for the group, Take up Your Cross is Proverbs 4:14-17. This considers the need for avoiding bad company. That in essence is what the world has become these days, Bad Company, which is the broad way of conventional human wisdom. These thoughts of Proverbs 4:14-17, "14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. 15. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. 16. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall. 17. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence." and II Peter 3:2-10 dovetail easily into the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14, KJV, "13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
These passages of Scripture are the very definition of the year, 2020. Bad Companies of people demand to be noticed, demand to be accepted in their badness, demand to be embraced without exception by people on the narrow way. However, people on the narrow way cannot even acknowledge those on the broad way because climbing the narrow way requires every last bit of energy available to them to climb this treacherous way. "Few there be that find it."
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King has an amazing scene in it about a half to two-thirds of the way through the movie. Frodo starts walking to one of the gates of Mordor in an apparent trance as under the spell of the brass ring. Sam and Gollum catch him, turning him back to the safety of the rocks just off the path as the army of orcs comes out marching and the Witch-King of Angmar comes out riding his flying dragon. When it is safe to continue, the trio moves, once again, up the narrow path into the final gate of Mordor, which is their destination. I looked to find this clip from the movie as it best illustrates Matthew 7:13-14 about the broad way and the narrow way, but I was unable to do so. In my mind I see Frodo, Sam, and Gollum struggling to gain step after treacherous step up the narrow way, while the orcs in the background of the shot march mindlessly to war, weapons in hand, under the power of the eye-in-the-sky, Sauron.
Those, who agree with everything the world is telling them are under the spell of the Dark Kingdom, living a fairly easy life these days, while those of us, who still believe The Word of God to be Absolute Truth struggle at times to take step after step against the rising flood of oppositional, and unusally mindless, group-think. We often live through difficult days, during this terran sojourn.
However, in the final account, those on the broad way will rue the day of their birth, while those on the narrow way will praise the Lord for His Mercy and Grace.
Few days of goodness = Eternity of badness in Hell
Few days of badness = Eternity of blessing in Heaven
The eternal perspective is consistently the salvation of today's emotions.
May the Lord give us His daily Shalom as we wait for His everlasting restoration.
by Jay O'Toole
on December 7th, 2020
Prompt: "Proverbs 4:10-13
10. Hear, O my son, and receive my saying;
and the years of thy life shall be many.
11. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom;
I have led thee in right paths.
12. When thou goest,
thy steps shall not be straitened;
and when thou runnest,
thou shalt not stumble.
'But they that wait upon the LORD
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.'
(Isaiah 40:31, KJV)
13. Take fast hold of instruction;
let her not go: keep her;
for she is thy life."
"O hear, my son, receive my word,
your years of life be long.
I've taught thee ways of wisdom spurred.
The right paths are your song.
"For when you go, your steps won't slack,
and when you run, you're strong.
They wait upon the Lord's sure track,
renewing strength along.
"They're mounting up on eagles' wings,
not weary as they run.
In never-fainting walk, they sing,
all Glory to the Son.
"Fast hold upon instruction's truth.
Release her not from thee.
Yes, keep her with thee from thy youth.
Thy life so full is she."
Wisdom has a most unique duality for the individual, who welcomes Wisdom into the very core of one's being. Wisdom is both an ancient, sage mentor, and a fetching, young fiancée.
As an ancient, sage mentor, Wisdom knows thoroughly the ways of the Lord, and the ways of the world, being more than willing to teach the youthful learner how to embrace the good and to eschew the bad in life. Heeding the words of the ancient mentor, any youth can lead a good life, maintaining the honor of a good name throughout.
As a fetching, young fiancée, Wisdom can fulfill every desire of the young man's heart without the foul aftertaste of regret.
Every youth needs the fatherhood of years, that Wisdom offers.
Every youth needs the marriage with Wisdom to step aright through the minefield of youthful pleasures, finding the place of truest satisfaction in one's latter years by walking through the wicket gate, marked, "No regrets."
May Wisdom be my father and my wife all the days that I live.
May the Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant," to the man, who was once a youth, but who has now become the ancient himself.
Truest Blessings to all the readers.
May the Lord be your Guide and Rearguard every day you walk this terran sod.
"And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger;
because there was no room for them in the inn."
(Luke 2:7, KJV)
Have you ever considered how many things,
surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ
connect the little Baby in the manger
to the resurrected Man,
Who came out of the grave
on the first day
of the forever kind of new life?
Little Baby Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes.
The crucified Lord was wrapped in strings of clothes,
soaked in embalming spices to create his shroud.
Little Baby Jesus was laid on hay
between the two crossbeams of a feeding trough,
called a manger, between Heaven and Earth.
Jesus, the Man, was hung on a cross of two beams
between Heaven and Earth
as the Mediator between God and Man.
The little Baby Jesus entered His first physical life
into the world in a cave,
which was the typical barn or stable of the day.
The Man, Jesus, concluded His first physical life on Earth
by being laid in a grave,
either a cave hewn out of a rock by human hands
or a natural cave, made by the Hands of God.
In both cases, birth and resurrection,
Jesus did not enter the cave on His own power.
He was laid there by a human.
At His birth and at His death,
Jesus Christ was rejected by the vast majority of humans,
while being received by those nearest and dearest to Him.
Delivered she her firstborn son,
and wrapped Him very tight.
In a manger laid, a place for one,
the King in restrained might.
Upon the trough, the Bread was laid
between two wooden beams.
Where cattle ate, a debt was paid.
A smelly place it seems.
In strips of cloth, the Babe was wrapped.
In strips of cloth, the Man embalmed.
A Rock secured, the Savior trapped
but walked He through, the world to calm.
A world of men deposed the King,
a feeding trough His bed.
Receiving hearts fore'er will sing
of He up from the dead.
In Hope I call you take Him now
into your heart before him bow.
Though once a baby in the hay,
the Lord of Glory, King of aye.
by Jay O'Toole
on December 4th, 2020
Prompt: "Proverbs 4:7-9
7. Wisdom is the principal thing;
therefore get wisdom:
and with all thy getting get understanding.
8. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:
she shall bring thee to honour,
when thou dost embrace her.
9. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:
a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee."
For wisdom is the highest, best
of all the things we seek.
So, get you wisdom for each test,
and knowledge for the peak.
Exalt this lady for her grace.
She'll give thee honor rare,
promotion to thy highest place,
embracing her right there.
She gives to ornament thy pate,
with glory crowns your head,
delivers thee from meanest fate,
by hope, your heart is led.
These verses dovetail nicely into Proverbs 9:10, KJV,
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom:
and the knowledge of the holy is understanding."
1. The fear of the Lord is the foundation for Wisdom.
2. Knowing the Lord starts all holy knowledge.
3. Wisdom is the most important thing in life.
4. Treat Wisdom like a lady, and she will promote you.
5. Give Wisdom a big ol' bear hug, and she will give you honor.
6. Wisdom will give you a crown to wear.
7. You will have grace and glory on your head.
It has been said, that Wisdom is gained by learning from mistakes,
but sadly, that also means, you have to make mistakes to learn from them.
May the Lord give us the grace to learn more
from the mistakes of others than to participate in them ourselves,
that we may be free to live in wisdom from our youth.
"5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife,
being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there,
the days were accomplished that she should be delivered."
(Luke 2:5-6, KJV)
The taxing days of Jesus' birth
are like these days we live
for, who would know, if we have worth
without His saving give.
The taxing days we're living now,
do "try the souls of men."
some cast aside our worship bow
before God's greatest Win.
The Son of God was caused to go.
The House of Bread His start
of living earthly days below
to feed each longing heart.
Espous-ed Mary, full of child,
remained untainted, blest,
untouched by Man, by God's touch mild,
choice vessel for this test.
The leader's taxing edict drove
his subject's travel plans.
The burden borne to hay's alcove,
great Gift by God's own Hands.
Today we're taxed beyond our hopes
by those, who covet gold.
The lock-down causes mopes and gropes.
"Obey us as you're told!"
Delivered was this tax-ed lass.
Her son, this babe in arms.
Convinced that earthly trials pass
we're kept from some alarms.
When taxing takes your latest coin
with no more coins in sight.
The Lord sees how these folks purloin,
corrects he will in might.
The Gold of Heaven, David's Bread
was born in Bethlehem's grave.
Then later on the cross was dead
the Mighty One to save.
The tax-ed One, He rose again,
deliverance for the poor
to make them gold, that He did win,
the future ever sure.
by Jay O'Toole
on December 2nd, 2020
"15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing,
16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”
—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing.
What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough.
Unless it produces good deeds,
it is dead and useless."
(James 2:15-17, NLT)
What good can I share to help some homeless soul?
It seems so sad, but what can I yet do?
How can I change a life, and make it whole?
What would I need from them, if all was new?
A place to stay with food and full respect.
A change of clothes, a bath, and hopeful news.
A heart, that's lifted from its oft deject.
A look of love, regardless of my views.
Each human being has some daily needs.
Except the Grace of God, I'd go his way.
Delight yourself in God and do His deeds.
Each prompted goodness. that we must obey.
Great wisdom comes when we do what we can,
and leave the part we can't to His Great Plan.
"1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel,
that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth,
between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon:
before it shall ye encamp by the sea.
(The Lord gave the direction. This put the Israelites in danger.)
3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel,
They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
(The Lord saw that the enemy took His bait.)
4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them;
and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host;
that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD.
And they did so.
(The Lord knows the end from the beginning.)
5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled:
and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants
was turned against the people, and they said,
Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
(The Lord smiles.)
6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:
7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots,
and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.
8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt,
and he pursued after the children of Israel:
and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
9 But the Egyptians pursued after them,
all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army,
and overtook them encamping by the sea,
beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.
(The enemies of the Lord are convinced they are going to win.)
10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes,
and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid:
and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.
(The people of the Lord are convinced, they are going to lose.)
11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt,
hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness?
wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying,
Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians?
For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians,
than that we should die in the wilderness.
(The people of God get really scared.)
13 And Moses said unto the people,
Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD,
which he will shew to you to day:
for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day,
ye shall see them again no more for ever.
14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
(The leaders of God's people must continue to speak Truth.)
15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me?
speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
(The Lord implements His Plan.)
16 But lift thou up thy rod,
and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it:
and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground
through the midst of the sea.
17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians,
and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh,
and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD,
when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh,
upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.
(The Lord implements His Victory.)
19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel,
removed and went behind them;
and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face,
and stood behind them: (God's got our back.)
20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel;
and it was a cloud and darkness to them, (Confusion and darkness to the Lord's enemies.)
but it gave light by night to these: (Wisdom and Truth, Light to the Lord's people.)
so that the one came not near the other all the night.
(The Lord causes settled peace, during the time of waiting.)
21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea;
and the LORD caused the sea to go back
by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land,
and the waters were divided. (We live in a divided country.)
22 And the children of Israel went
into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground:
and the waters were a wall unto them
on their right hand, and on their left.
(The path to victory is narrow and walled in.)
23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them
to the midst of the sea,
even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
(The enemies try to use this very narrow and walled path to victory, too.)
24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch
the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians
through the pillar of fire and of the cloud,
and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
(In the midst of their apparent victory, they receive an unsettled feeling.)
25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily:
(Everything, that was working for them, stops working for them.)
so that the Egyptians said,
Let us flee from the face of Israel;
for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
(When the result can't be stopped, these enemies of the Lord,
finally realize, that God exists.)
26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea,
that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians,
upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
(The enemies of the Lord were defeated in the Red Sea.)
27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea,
and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared;
and the Egyptians fled against it;
and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
(The Red Wave is sure and final.)
28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots,
and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh
that came into the sea after them;
there remained not so much as one of them.
29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea;
and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day
out of the hand of the Egyptians;
and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
(The Lord's victory is complete.
The enemies' attempt to win was completely repudiated.
The Lord's people were completely vindicated.)
31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians:
and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD,
and his servant Moses."
The parallels between the Lord's victory at the Red Sea and the titanic battle for the American Presidency are myriad.
There is one way in which these two events are dissimilar. The enemies of the Lord physically died in the Red Sea, during the ancient event. The enemies of the Lord must watch the death of their influence, during these contemporary events.
Will the Lord act in this way, today?
The Lord Alone knows.
The ability of those of us, who serve the Lord,
is completely spent, beyond prayer,
to do anything from here on out, but we will pray.
If the prophets of the Lord are right, and President Trump is a two-term President,
then that result will be because the Lord has stepped into HIStory to work
a HIStory-level miracle.
If all the voices of the Christians are proved to be wrong, until the Lord comes back to set things right, again, then we must say with the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednigo, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." (Daniel 3:16b-18)
May the Lord save us from the destruction of our nation.
However, if He sees a different Glory for Himself in our future,
may He cause each of us, His people, to be faithful to Him
in the accomplishment of his Purposes for us and for HIStory in this new day.
"1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper:
the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth, and even for evermore."
(Psalm 121:1-8, KJV)
Mine eyes are gazing at the hills.
My help will come from there.
Such Lordly Help, my heart He fills.
All things He made with care.
He will not let your foot be moved.
He keeps you, day and night.
He keepeth Israel, whom He loves.
No sleep, nor loss of might.
The Lord, thy Keeper through thy days.
The shading Lord on your strong side.
The sun won't beat down on your way.
The moon won't harm where you abide.
The Lord preserves you from all ill,
preserving all your soul.
The Lord preserves your going will
from now 'til ever whole.
1. We have greater reason to expect help when we look up to the Lord than when we look at the problems, that are scrabbling on our lower torso for unnecessary attention. These problems act like untrained puppies, who jump up on their own in the emotion of "See me! See me!"
2. The Lord helps me. He is the Creator of heaven and earth. How is it, that He can't take care of the issues, that come into the life of one human, me?
3. The Lord won't let anybody push you around. You won't have to move your foot in order to maintain balance. Your foot will remain strong in a sure foothold. The One, Who keeps you won't get drowsy.
4. Look at this in a strong and focused way! He, God, is the One, Who keeps Israel safe in every way. He can be counted upon to never be drowsy, nor incapacitated for a time through sleep.
5. The Lord keeps and secures every aspect of your life. He is your Keeper. He is your Protector. He is your very Body Guard. The Lord is like a big tree, that shades you on your strongest side from the searing heat of the noonday sun. Your right hand, your strength, will be protected by the Lord from any and every attack of the physical world and from the people, who live in it.
6. The sun will not beat down upon you with its terrible heat throughout the daytime. The moon won't beat down upon you with its bright lights at night, causing you to become lunatic in some way and on some level.
7. The Lord's preservation and protection will keep you from being spoiled by all (aka every kind of) evil, (including Trick or Treating on Halloween. My footnote.) The Lord will preserve your soul because we tend to do wrong when we try to experience life, "like everybody else."
8. The Lord knows how to (and knowing how to WILL) preserve (aka prevent the spoiling of) the places you go, the things you see, the things you do, and how you return home, preventing any untoward spiritual influences from catching a ride our your own dear spirit, and thus harming your home any and every way. This kind of strong protection from the Lord has already been going on, even if you didn't know it, but it definitely starts today, continuing on throughout Eternity.
We don't always get to do everything we would like to do in this life. We often feel sad because we feel like we are missing something enjoyable. However, I sense, that in Eternity when the Lord shows us step by step how He guided us throughout the entirety of our lives, we will cling to Him for Joy at the myriad ways in which he protected us, preserving us from greater spoilage of our very souls and spirits than that which He did allow for our training.
It seems like the sins in which we have participated in this life have often been transformed into some sort of vaccine, giving us a small experience of the illness of Sin to prevent us from getting completely overcome by the awfulness and worst levels of Sin to the ruination of our lives.
Praise the Lord for watching over our lives, keeping us from ourselves.
May the Glory of the Lord remain your rearguard on this very dark night.
by Jay O'Toole
on October 31st, 2020