A Man Of Sorrows And Acquainted With Grief
A Solitude of Spirit
The day that Joseph died, Jesus wept. Though the son of God knew who He was God did not permit him to resurrect his earthly father. The agony of that day is only surpassed by the Garden of Gethsemane.
The sorrows of the Spirit
Being perfectly sensitive to the Spirit exposes you also to all the imperfection of man. Knowing how wonderful God is and trusting Him implicitly, when those around you dwell in sin, is a special agony of soul and spirit.
Jesus had to wait, knowing that his friend Lazarus was dying. God says,
“Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.”
The desert of this world
So Jesus followed the Holy Spirit no matter what anyone else did or said. No matter how difficult it was to see others not realize what He was or what was available to them in Him. Jesus submitted his whole life to God for one purpose: to manifest His glory to the world. In so doing, he died alone, hanging on a cross for each one of us.
In our lives, when we dare to believe God we also become men and women of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Follow God separates us from men and takes on a path that others cannot or will not follow. Ultimately, we are left with God alone on our own cross as we go to meet our maker.
No longer of this earth
As the men and women of God come to perfection the things of this life become strangely dim. We take no pleasure in the things of the Earth for we see eternity before us. We sacrifice all we know in order to obtain a better resurrection. People we meet become spirit or they become nothing. We walk on the high places where one slip can mean certain disaster. Yet, because we follow His Spirit our feet become like hinds feet on high places.
Oh, how I long to live in heavenly places. I cannot wait to be fully united with God and my brethren. Increasingly this life is becoming like fingernails on slate. Let all those who worship God worship Him in Spirit and in truth so that we can leave this place for our eternal home.
Father, in the name of Jesus. open the heavenlies to us so that we may become one with You. Take the fear and pain from our lives so that we may rest with each other in faith, love and harmony. Help our unbelief so that we can walk with you in the cool of the day once again. Help us rise up on the wings of eagles to soar with You in heavenly places.