Devotion Fifteen

Go to your True Self

I find the Book of Genesis one of the more fascinating books of Scripture – Why?  Simply put, Torah allows us to see (read and feel) the joys, the pain, the anguish and the errors of those who came millennia before, who paved the Way to Yahweh ahead of us.  Abraham was one of those.

In Genesis 12, verses 1 to 3, Yahweh tells Abraham to ‘Go!’  In speaking directly to our Patriarch, The Almighty’s Words had at least a double meaning; on the surface, He was saying leave this land and go to where I will show you.  At a deeper meaning, Yahweh was instructing Abraham to go deeper within himself to his ‘true-self’.  How does that work?

First, very few of us know our ‘true-self’.  This is hidden from us deep within our subconscious minds, far from our conscious minds.  Only through the efforts of Ruach Hakadosh, the Holy Spirit of the Living God, may we be guided to understanding the nature of our ‘true-self’.  Once there, we have some choices to make:

  1. Do we accept this as our ‘true-self’, especially if we don’t like or agree with what we find or do we disregard and deny this is our ‘true-self’?

  2. If we do accept this as our ‘true-self’, are we willing to ask Ruach Hakadosh to refine us, drawing us closer to the image of Adonai Yeshua, the Lord Jesus?

  3. If we ask for refinement, are we willing to go through the trials and ordeals which will be our crucible of refinement or, experiencing the pain and anguish of tests and trials, abandon this journey, declaring – ‘It is too hard for me’?

Beloved, once we accept Yahweh’s invitation to open our hearts to Him and His Son, our lives will never again be the same.  We will grow; we will change; we will be refined.  As any conscientious teacher and psychologist will tell you, deep learning, that is learning about self, is hard, requiring change.  Change is often painful, as it requires letting go of the comfortable and stepping into the unknown.  As Yahweh said to Abraham – Go to a land that I will show you – He says to us ‘Go on a journey of self-discovery and I will guide you.’  There will be no map of the journey; like the explorers who first landed on our shores, the map will unfold as we go.  However, we have a Guide whom we can Trust, a Guide who is Faithful and Loving; He will lead us through the trials and the tests we will face along the way, as long as we choose to remain on His Way.  And He will never abandon us.

Trust Almighty God, my friends, to be there with you, as you ‘Go!’ 

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you richly.