11-26-06 Happy Thanksgiving!

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psa 133:1)  It seems to me that there aren’t a lot of things I dread as much as spending time with people I don’t get along with.  While I want to stay away from people like that, I think God’s heart is for me to learn how to work past our struggles and have unity despite our differences.  I’m beginning to think it’s a part of growing up.

It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. (Psa 133:2)  The anointing oil dripping down the priest’s head is a picture of the work of the Holy Spirit.  The work of the Spirit is magnified when we work towards unity.  And nothing quenches the Spirit as much as division.

It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing; life forevermore. (Psa 133:3)  The snow and rain from Mount Hermon are the source of water that flows into the Jordan River and waters the land of Israel.  Even the land of Zion, the place of blessing, is watered by the dew of Hermon.  We may think that nothing could be better than the blessings that come from God’s presence in Zion, yet even those blessings are refreshed and watered from the blessings that come from unity.  The best God has for us is multiplied in unity.

Are you facing an opportunity to spend time with difficult people?  Oh how important it is that we learn to be gracious, patient, merciful, kind, and loving toward those around us.  We may feel justified as we say an unkind word or respond in anger.  But God wants us to grow towards the things that make for unity.  It’s the heart of God.