Spiritual Syzygy

syzygy Syzygy…the aligning of three astronomical objects.  It’s a rare occurrence from our viewpoint here on earth.  God spoke to my heart about this through the recent news about the “supermoon” we are about to experience in our sky.  This supermoon has not happened since 1948…70 years, and will not come again until 2034.  I was reflecting over how many would be focusing on this event, meditating on the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives, the aspects of our relationship with God and others that need to be aligned in order to be effective ambassadors for Jesus, and what a challenge that can be for us.

First, where is our attention fixated?  God tells us to keep our attention on Him, not on what others around us think, not on what the political climate is, not on our own thoughts.  This is part of why spending time in meditative prayer in Jesus’ Presence is of primary importance, in tandem with reading and studying the Word.  Before opening His Word, His love letters to us, ask, “Lord, please speak to me about me, what you have for me to do today.”  Make sure your time with Him is apart from other distractions; you cannot hear Him properly if your electronics are continually beeping/flashing at you.  He alone is worthy of our worship, no?

Our open door is also in the future, not the past.  The enemy is called “the accuser of the brethren”.  He constantly replays past mistakes, hurts, judgments and predictions by others and ourselves.  He is excellent at expressing these things in our own voice, a desperate attempt to shelve us, make us believe we are at the mercy of our pasts, others’ opinions, the current world situation.  There is no place God cannot reach you, speak to you, or change you.

“If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me.”  Psalm 139: 9-10

As the saying goes, “Don’t look back; you’re not going that way.”  God’s revelation is open toward the future.  Your life is not over; God isn’t finished with you or His purpose for you yet.

The second point of alignment is our reliance on God’s strength, wisdom, and refreshing.  We must absorb His power to carry on in the efficacy of His love, much like the green plants of this world need to be steeped, bathed, and energized by the sun’s power.  In the book, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan’s character, Christian comes to the foot of a steep climb called the Hill Difficulty.  Yet,  before he begins his ascent, “…at the bottom of which was a spring…Christian now went to the spring and drank to refresh himself, and then began to go up the hill.”

The Holy Spirit gives us the refreshment, strength, and encouragement that is God Himself.  We come to Him, broken, weary, fearful, and helpless, at the end of ourselves.  Precisely where we need to be in order to receive from Him.  He knows everything about us, what we’ve been through, where we are going, the struggles of our hearts and minds  {all without us having to say one word}.

“Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O LORD, You know it all.  You have enclosed me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me…Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”  Psalm 139: 4-5,16

The third element of alignment is obedience to God.  However, nearness to God’s heart is not mirrored by perfect behavior, but by our repentance, turning around and moving toward Him, acknowledging the rightness of His ways, and moving toward Him.  In that way, we clearly demonstrate our love for Him, allowing Him to change us and mold us into a purer reflection of who we truly are meant to be.  His vision is higher and clearer than ours.

“…God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”  I Samuel 16: 7b

To what obedience are we called?  To LOVE.  To love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love others as ourselves.  We are commanded to love no matter the person, the political/social climate or culture, nor our own beliefs and feelings.  Jesus gave us promises that He would not only be our strength and comfort, but that He rewards those who follow Him with a pure heart.

“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.  So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”  Galatians 6: 9

“…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds…” Hebrews 10: 24

Denise Chambellan

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2 thoughts on “Spiritual Syzygy

  1. Thank you for your feedback, Ted. It’s given me encouragement knowing God is touching someone’s life with them.

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