Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stone....16th October 2017
Our central text for this study is taken from the Bible book of Job 22:21-28.
‘Acquaint now thyself with the Him , and be at peace thereby good shall come unto thee. Receive,I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.. If thou return to the Almighty,thou shall be built up,thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. Then shall thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense,and thou shall have plenty of silver. For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty,and shalt lift up thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto Him, and He shall hear thee , and thou shalt pay thy vows. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways’. Job 22:21-28
Through the process of waiting, we come to a place of total dependence on the Lord where we can let go in total abandonment to Him. The phrase, “be at peace with him,” means to come to a place where there is no struggle, but rather total surrender to Him. You yield to Him and defer to Him on every matter. When you do this, you cease struggling in your relationship with the Lord but rather surrender completely to Him. You are happy to let Him conquer and overcome your flesh. Waiting before the Lord is a practical expression of that and does help you come there.
“Acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace: thereby, good shall come unto thee”
Good things, here refer primarily to spiritual realities or experiences in spiritual understanding. It is to come to a place where you begin to experience the Lord in a more profound dimension.
“Receive,I pray thee, the law from his mouth,and lay up his words in thine heart.”
Waiting is a place we come to receive teachings directly from the Lord. It is also a place where we lay the word of God in our heart. It is not a place where we let our minds go blank, rather, we subject ourselves to the word.
“If thou return to the Almighty,thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.”
To return to the Almighty, means our souls returning to the Lord. Before we were born again and even afterward , we had scattered our ways (Jeremiah 3:13). Our minds were filled with wicked devices and designs,and we were full of words; always talking. Waiting helps to deliver us from the wild nature in our souls. The soul gives strength, power and energy to our physical senses. It produces desire. Hence, most of the time people live their lives under their wills and emotions. The purpose therefore, of waiting is to draw the soul to the orbit of the Holy Spirit so that, it begins to draw it’s life from there and eventually the body will follow.
Another essence of waiting is so that we may draw the soul to the place where it begins to take light from the Spirit. At this point, a dramatic change comes, taking the Christian from the soulish realm to the realm of the Spirit. Your activities, will of necessity, change, to reflect the new order. That is why the Bible says, ” if thou shall return to the Almighty…..” This change which comes with an accompanying discipline makes it difficult for us to continue to give our ears and mouth to gossip or eyes to dirty pictures and indeed to things of the sensual nature. To the degree that we keep the soul realm active to that extent we will struggle to walk in the Spirit. So, when the Scripture says we should return, it is talking about the soul returning from carnality to being subject to the spirit.
Lastly, when some Christians realize that they are not right or spiritual in some areas of their lives, they impose self denial on themselves. If your particular challenge is talkativeness, you could impose restriction to force yourself not to talk too much. Such a resolution is an external thing. If you do that, you can succeed only for a short while, because your soul cannot change by the imposition of external discipline. In fact,the more you do that, the tendency is that your soul will get stronger and stronger. But the way to bring the soul back to God is by waiting. That is why waiting is so important. What you are doing in waiting is to enable your spirit function from the center by drawing the soul back into subjection to your spirit.
To be continued
By John Adeoluwa.