I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance...and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake ...but I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Rev.2 v.2-4
God knows your toil of these past two weeks or so. Toil means to strive, dispute, to work arduously, exhausting labor, drudgery. God knows how hard it has been for you. God knows your perseverance. Perseverance means to persist, to continue steadfastly in any endeavor, to endure. God Himself has seen you when the trash bag broke open when you were taking the garbage out at midnight, when your boss had a meltdown over a lie about you, when the whole family was sick and you got up praying, decreeing, fighting off fever. You are a soldier of the Cross. Yes, you are getting the knots and kinks out of life but you are refusing to get entangled in the affairs of daily life. Like a good Last Days Christian soldier, you are Kingdom-minded.
So why would Your Commander-in-Chief have anything to say against you? I mean, here you are, toiling, working like a dog, enduring... "but I have this against you, that you have left your first love." Does that mean you have to work up another fake, plastic smile while you work like dog and fight hard? Ever been in love? When you're in love, there ain't no toil. Drudgery is not drudgery to you. Jacob worked like a dog for 7 years to because he was in love with Rachel. And after her father tricked him, sneaking the uglier sister in the marriage bed on the wedding night, the guy agreed to work 7 more years for his first love. God is reminding us of the missing component in this time of fierce battling and bone-wearying war. The greatest weapon in our spiritual arsenal is to be deliriously in love with Him. The beloved only has to whisper and the Lover of our souls ( aka the Lord of Hosts) is at our side! Jehovah Shammah!
Blessings on your lovesick weekend, staggering under His embrace
Love you guys,
Lee Andrews- see you NEXT weekend May 9th for the last session of HOW TO HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD- He saves the best for last!