A question that leads to a crossroad one must face. Life is filled with crossroads; sometimes undecided we choose the wrong one; the difference does not appear visible in times of decisions. What will be on the other side, waiting in the waves of circumstances that will either help or destroy our future? Sometimes, the seemly to be is not that which we are looking for. As it is said, “Don’t judge the book by its cover,” So it is with life’s crossroads. YAHSHUA, after a long day of ministering to the multitude, including the feeding of thousands, for which act the people wanted to crown Him King, withdrew to the hillside to be alone, once again, as it was His habit to do. Meanwhile, when evening came, the disciples took their boat and headed to Capernaum. It was dark and YAHSHUA had not yet joined them, when suddenly a storm of great violence came their way. After having rowed three to four miles YAHSHUA came to them walking on water. Not recognizing Him, they became afraid. But YAHSHUA assured them by saying, It is I; be not afraid! (vs. 19-21). A beautiful prophetic event related to the Jewish nation at the end time. The storm symbolizing the nations coming against Israel in the end time, YAHSHUA’S deliverance of the nation and their repentance and acceptance of Him as their Messiah.
The crowd remained waiting for YAHSHUA, but He was found on the other side of the Lake. When they found Him, they anxiously asked Him, “Rabbi! When did You come here?” Innocent enough was their question, but YAHSHUA knew the hearts of men. Not answering their question, He went straight to the matter of their hearts. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, YAHSHUA said, you have been searching for Me, not because you saw the miracles and signs but because you were fed with the loaves and were filled and satisfied. Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes, but strive and work and produce rather for the food which endure unto life eternal… (vs.24-27). The dialog continued between YAHSHUA and the multitude, when they asked, What are we to do, that we may be working the works of God? YAHSHUA replied, that you believe in the One Whom He has sent. They then replied, What sign will You perform them, so that we may see it and believe on You? (vs.26-30).
The sound of a new born baby touches we mothers the same way as when we had our own. Life is beautiful! Life is a miracle only our Creator- the Lord YAHSHUA would create us in the womb of our mothers. The completeness of our birth is amazing in its intrinsicality, connecting all parts of the body to harmonize and synchronize with each other, without interference. The brain, the control center of the body, is an important organ of the body in its functions. But with all its complexities, the physical body will not have an entrance in heaven, for it is contrary to the laws of God. Paul said, For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the Holy Spirit; now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death; but the mind of the Holy Spirit is life and peace, because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to God’s Law; indeed it cannot. So, then those who are living the life of the flesh, cannot please or satisfy God or be acceptable to Him (Rom. 8:5-7).
In his saying, Paul was echoing the words of YAHSHUA: If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it; but whoever loses his life for My sake he will preserve and save it; for what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and ruins of forfeits himself? (Luke 9: 23-25). Faith without commitment to God is not faith that is alive, or be counted as such, for faith demands action, or it is not faith at all. Faith is seen in one’s conscious decision to obey God. In the parable of the seeds YAHSHUA told, it has an application we must pay attention to and take to heart, in order to understand that one must die to self in order to bear fruit into eternity. Three were the soils in which the seeds were planted; but only one was the good soil. It was noted by the fruit the seed bore. Faith is like that; where there is faith, there is growth and fruit producing tree. No servant can serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one, and love the other; or else he shall lean to one and despise the other; you cannot serve God and riches (Luke 16: 13). We cannot serve God and the flesh and the world.
Many things in life constitute their ways and means of survival; from the time of birth to adulthood, life is always on the move. The physical part of it, guided by the soul, determines and accomplishes success, or goals. Life is a beautiful thing, when lived in agreement with its destiny. A successful person has the stamina and perseverance of belief to persevere to the end and so he accomplishes what he determined to do in his life time. Belief in something is necessary in life to achieve success. Here I am not referring to religious beliefs, but beliefs in the natural ways of life itself. We wonder why success has not reached everyone in the term of riches. We can go only as high as our belief leads us to go. Some reaches for the stars, and gets high enough to accomplish many things life offers. Others’ goals and beliefs go as high as they determine to go in their course of studies. Content with what life offers in that dimension, they seek their success. Knowledge however, has a way to take life higher, when one belief in it. To be distinguished in life, requires belief and efforts. Believing in yourself, in your abilities and solidifying your belief by your success, will be your reward on earth.
A man of unbelief is as Solomon described in Proverbs 24:30-34, when he said, I went by the field of the lazy man and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and behold, I was all grown over with thorns and nettles were covering its face, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I beheld and considered it well; I looked and received instruction. Yet, a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep – so shall your poverty come as a robber and your want as an armed man. Man without belief in self has no reason to get up in the morning, so he continues in his slumber and the result is seen in his life style. Weeds outside his garden, and cobwebs inside his house declare who he is. There are many answers given to the question, What do you want be when you grow up? I want be a fireman, a postman, a trash collector, a doctor, a lawyer. All these careers have merit in the belief of the person, if for sure it is achieved. Life in general then is believing in the future of all kinds, creating a society that generates colorful and promising future for all who believe in it by doing the best to achieve its success.
The world is screaming confusion. Where is truth, does anyone know? We ask ourselves. Whom to believe in these days? As the Prophet Isaiah said, Truth has fallen on the streets, and I add to it and it had been stepped on over and over to hide it under the foot of those who are hiding it. In the confusion of the minds, truth is lie, and lie is truth. Do you perceive it? The Bible says that in the latter days we will see and experience perilous times of great stress. The increased iniquity and lawlessness will cause many to lose love for God; their love will grow cold. Many have asked, Why does God allow evil to prosper? A question that is heard often in our days in view of what’s happening; a question, if we are not careful, will drag us out of faith to doubt our God in our disappointment and lack of understanding. Our hearts have been asking this question, until God showed us the reason behind of what is happening. We must ask God if we want to understand the final end of these things.
YAHSHUA warned us of such times, in which we are living right now. The present lawlessness and iniquities seen as normal, are trends with the purpose to bring about the evil intent of those few who are planning the destruction of life and normality. What they are doing are creating chaos in order to bring in their messiah- the man of lawlessness mentioned by Paul in his second letter to the Thessalonians. However, judgment will rise against those who practice lawlessness in God’s due time. Paul described the extent of their lawlessness as violence, lovers of self, boasters, abusive, ungrateful, unholy and profane, uncontrolled and fierce haters of good and the list goes on. Don’t these sound like today to you? When we read Genesis six in reference to the accounts before the flood, we see in some degree the extent of lawlessness and iniquities seen today. As YAHSHUA said, “As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” So, this means that He is at the door, for the days of Noah are here.