We are in the month of Elul. According to my calendar it began on the evening of September 3rd. It’s a time of self-reflection, personal growth, and preparation. What are we preparing for? 1 Thessalonians 4:16 tells us: “Because the Master Himself shall come down from Heaven with a commanding shout of an archangel’s voice and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And so we will always be with our Master.” It’s a time to revisit the condition of our hearts, our minds, our purpose, our relationships with each other and especially our relationship with our Maker. It’s the time prior to the sounding of the Great Trumpet Blast. The word Elul spelled in Hebrew represents the acronym for the words from Song of songs 6:3 “I am my Beloved's, and my Beloved is mine.” From the beginning of Elul through Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement, a 40 day period, is a time when the King is in the field and His desire is to meet with you.
We sound the shofar each morning. It calls us to repentance and back into relationship with Him with a pure heart, for He is coming back for a spotless bride who has done the work of purification, who walks in humility, who has made herself ready for her Bridegroom. Revelation 19:7-8 “Let us rejoice and let us exalt, and we will give glory to Him, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready, or prepared. And it was given to her that she be clothed in fine linen, pure and bright; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.”
It is said that true humility is thinking rightly of ourselves and others. When we self-reflect we discover who we really are, our flaws, and yes, even our shortcomings. We are nothing to boast about, yet we sometimes do. Therefore, walk with humility even when you are spiritually strong, walk with humility with pure motives, walk with humility when under trials, walk with humility in your daily routine, walk with humility always with the body of Messiah, and always walk humbly before your Maker, our work is not yet done. Humility must be in the heart. When it is, then it will come out spontaneously with every good deed you do. Proverbs 4:23, “Keep, guard, your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” As we enter this month of Elul our hearts should stir with anticipation for the Day of Our Master. Our King is in the field. It’s time to get our hearts right before Him. We must seek our Beloved and ask Him to reveal the things within us that are not pleasing to Him and then follow His instruction as to what is pleasing in His sight. Read Micah 6:8.
Avinu, our Father, not only at this, but always may we put away any iniquity, deceitfulness or self-righteousness that be found in us. And may we not speak evil of one another. Let Your eyes look directly into our hearts, search us and know our ways, our motives. And may Your gaze be fixed on Your servants as we strive daily to meet with you in the field. Keep the path of our feet; establish all our ways. May we strengthen ourselves continually through Your Word so as not to turn to the right or the left, but stay on the path You have determined beforehand. May we give attention to Your Words and incline our ear to Your sayings and not let them depart. May we keep them in the midst of our hearts for the path of righteousness is like the light of dawn that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. May we listen carefully to wisdom and stretch our ears to understanding. May we store up Your commandments, instructions, within us. Amen and amen.
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