Wait, Don’t Walk Away!


I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!Psalm 116

    • Where do you run when life overwhelms you, and you cannot take any more? Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances, or maybe life has hit you harder than you ever expected. I know many times life does not seem fair or just. I wish I could give you a reason for every sad and awful thing that happens on this earth. I wish I could pray away all the pain this life brings. What I do know is that our Lord feels our pain and hears our prayers and has the power to help us overcome anything in this life.
  1. Before I became a Christian, when I was in pain, I ran to food, drugs, and alcohol to escape, and as you know, it caused destruction in my life. Eventually, however, I believed I was destined for more than destruction. I wanted desperately to crawl out of this deep, dark hole of despair, but the harder I tried, the deeper I fell. I had nowhere to run.

     

  2. Even after I became a Christian, I did not know how to process the pain this life brings. Somehow, I thought that following Jesus would eliminate emotional pain. So whenever I experienced emotions that did not feel godly, I ignored them. I thought if I kept my feelings covered up, they would go away. I handled my heart the same way I did before I was a Christian. I put my life in fast-forward by setting more goals and filling my schedule with excessive busyness. I did this so I would not have to feel or deal with anything emotionally difficult.
  3. In theory, that sounds like it might work, but in real life it causes emotional meltdowns. At one point of my life, I had buried so much of my emotional pain that every part of my body was hurting. I had panic attacks, crying spells, loss of memory, and chronic depression. When I had no more strength or desire to run any longer, I finally found freedom and powerful peace. I learned to run to God and cry out to my Daddy in heaven.
  4. I don’t know where your heart is at this moment, but I do know how to lead you to your Father in heaven, in whose presence healing begins and strength is renewed so you can run free in Christ.

God’s Letter to You

I believe if The Lord was going to write you a personal letter about battles this life brings it may read like this….

My Princess,

Please don’t walk away from me when life hits hard, my love. I know sometimes you hurt so bad you want to blame me. I understand how hard it is for you to keep your heart committed to me, when you feel I have disappeared in the midst of your despair. I am here and I am working things out for you even when it seems as if nothing has changed. I have my hand on you and extended to you at all times. No one can hold you as close as I can. So don’t run my love, unless it is into my arms of mercy.

Love,
Your Prince and Pursuer

Treasure of Truth

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me All the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. — Psalm 23:6

 

 

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THYE WOMAN OF VALOR IN PROVERBS 31!


Every Friday, just before we sit down to eat Shabbat evening meal, either my father or I sing the passage from Proverbs 31 about the woman of valor, who is known in Hebrew as the “Eshet Chayil” – אֵשֶׁת-חַיִל.  In our last lesson for Course D I discussed this concept with two of my students, Jacky and Jeanette. I thought this week I would share with you, dear readers, our thoughts. The passage about the woman of valor ends the book of Proverbs, as written:

“מִשְׁלֵי שְׁלֹמֹה בֶן-דָּוִד- מֶלֶךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל.  לָדַעַת חָכְמָה וּמוּסָר; לְהָבִין אִמְרֵי בִינָה. לָקַחַת מוּסַר הַשְׂכֵּל; צֶדֶק וּמִשְׁפָּט, וּמֵשָׁרִים.לָתֵת לִפְתָאיִם עָרְמָה; לְנַעַר דַּעַת וּמְזִמָּה”

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, King of Israel: To know wisdom and instructionTo discern the sayings of understanding,To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity;To give prudence to the naive,To the youth knowledge and discretion” (Proverbs 1:1-4)

 

 

 

 Solomon This book of the Bible contains numerous instructions and a fair bit of advice for the young man, who can choose to take one of two directions in life: the way of the foolish, or the way of the wise should he listen to God. God is depicted as his teacher, instructing him to resist temptation and sin. The book describes the voice leading a man toward sin to be the voice of a woman. However, this book ends with a classical passage about a woman in which a man must ask himself if she’s too good to be true or if she is a role model, the ideal woman.

Let’s take a look at what exactly is written about this woman-

אֵשֶׁת-חַיִל מִי יִמְצָא;  וְרָחֹק מִפְּנִינִים מִכְרָהּ. בָּטַח בָּהּ לֵב בַּעְלָהּ; וְשָׁלָל לֹא יֶחְסָר.  גְּמָלַתְהוּ טוֹב וְלֹא-רָע  כֹּל יְמֵי חַיֶּיהָ.  דָּרְשָׁה צֶמֶר וּפִשְׁתִּים; וַתַּעַשׂ בְּחֵפֶץ כַּפֶּיהָ. הָיְתָה כָּאֳנִיּוֹת סוֹחֵר; מִמֶּרְחָק תָּבִיא לַחְמָהּ.”

An excellent wife, who can find?For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her,And he will have no lack of gain.She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.She is like merchant ships;She brings her food from afar.”(Proverbs 31:10-14)

As I mentioned earlier, we can understand this passage in one of two ways: either there is no such woman like this excellent wife, this ideal “biblical wonder woman,” or the passage in fact simply describes the highest ideal of a woman. This woman of valor might be a specific woman; the sages of Israel discussed this passage in relation to Solomon’s mother, Bath-Sheba. It might also be true for your wife. Other suggestions about this “too good to be true woman” are that this passage is a metaphor for Torah and wisdom. Some even suggest that this passage is an example eulogy that we might give a woman after she passes away.

When I asked Jacky and Jeanette if they knew a similar passage from the New Testament that speaks about women, they suggested the following:

“In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses…just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.(1 Peter 3:1-3,6)

“וְכֵן אַתֵּנָה הַנָּשִׁים הִכָּנַעְנָה לִפְנֵי בַעֲלֵיכֶן לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר־יִקָּנוּ בְּאֵין־אֹמֶר וּדְבָרִים עַל־יְדֵי מַעֲשֵׂי הַנָּשִׁים מִי שֶׁאֵינָם שֹׁמְעִים לַדָּבָר׃  בִּרְאוֹתָם כִּי תִצְנַעְנָה לֶכֶת בְּיִרְאָה וּפְאֵרְכֶן אַל־יְהִי מִבַּחוּץ בְּמַחְלְפוֹת שֵׂעָר וַעֲדִי זָהָב וּלְבִישַׁת מַחֲלָצוֹת… כְּשָׂרָה אֲשֶׁר שָׁמְעָה בְּקוֹל אַבְרָהָם וַתִּקְרָא־לוֹ אָדוֹן אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּן הֱיִיתֶן לָהּ לְבָנוֹת בַּעֲשׂוֹתְכֶן הַטּוֹב וְלֹא תִירֶאנָה מִפָּחַד”

In this passage from 1 Peter we can see some historical realities that existed in ancient times and in many places until the middle of the 20th century. If the woman in Proverbs 31 is the ideal one, the one that does everything according to the book and exceedingly well, then the woman here in New Testament is more humble, a woman that knows her (suggestively lower) place. This woman should be like Sarah, though that I must say that I disagree with the imagery in 1 Peter, since Abraham listened to the voice of Sarah (see Genesis 16:2), as opposed to Sarah only hearing the voice of Abraham.

I would like to suggest that the passage about the woman of valor should refer to every woman in the world, even if it seems too good to be true sometimes. When our hearts and souls are inspired, then the ideal must actually be the reality, right?

Happy New Year from Israel,

Eli Dahan

Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

English

Transliteration

Hebrew

The women

hannāšîm

הַנָּשִׁים

Hair

Śē’ār

שֵׂעָר

Her husband

Ba’lāh

בַּעְלָהּ

King

melech

מֶלֶךְ

Fear

Yir’āh

יִרְאָה

The good

hattôv

הַטּוֹב

Sarah

Śārāh

שָׂרָה

 

 

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Samuel: The King-Maker


1 Samuel 1:128:25

But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

Samuel glanced at the seven men standing in the shade. They were impressive specimens. Any of Jesses sons could have been Gods choice. He was suddenly glad he didnt have to choose. God had just warned him about the danger of judging from appearance. He smiled sadly, remembering how impressed he had been at first by Sauls good looks.

Samuel looked around, puzzled. Hed run out of sons, and God hadnt chosen any of them. What was Gods plan in this situation? Turning to Jesse, he inquired, Are these it? No more sons?



The old man slowly counted his sons, one by one. He appeared confused for a moment, then said, Oh, there is one other. Didnt even think of him. My youngest, David, is out in the fields with the sheep. The rest of the sons didnt understand why they had been summoned, but they grumbled over having to wait for the runt to show up. His place was at the bottom of the pecking order. Shepherding was a smelly, outdoors-in-all-weather, protecting-stupid-sheep chore. Each of them had done it only until the next brother was old enough. As the youngest, it was Davids permanent role. It didnt bother them to assign him the task; it did bother them that he enjoyed it so much.

Soon David came running in, exuding the pungent scents of field and flock. The brothers looked on with shock as Samuel removed an oil horn from his robe and poured the contents on their little brothers head. They couldnt imagine a higher honoror a more obvious waste. But even they had to admit that as the oil dripped from Davids hair and chin, a certain wild delight and spirit seemed to fill him. Samuel smiled, David laughed, and a chill went up his siblings spines.

As Samuel walked to Ramah, he remembered another little boy, left in the charge of a priest named Eli. He considered how upbringing shapes a man and how God uses even hardships and pain to prepare his servants. He wondered about Davids future. He remembered Gods unusual call in his own life, the unexpected voice in the night that Eli had identified for him as the Lords. The old priest had told him to answer, Speak, for your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:10). Samuel chuckled softly and began to pray, Lord, Im still trying to listen. I never thought back then that you would make me a king-maker. So whats next?

Back to the Future

    • In what ways do you think God speaks to you?
    • What have you learned about the dangers of judging people by outward appearances?
    • How would you describe your attitude about God giving you directions?

The Story Continues &

To learn about Samuels background and see how God continued to work through him, read 1 Samuel 1:128:25.