You know, when I started this ministry about 7 years ago, I used to blog every morning and I never seemed to run out of something to say.
If you prefer to watch a video of me with nothing to say, click on this link: Watch the video.
After a while, I was finding that somewhat difficult. So, before I got to the point where I burned myself out just to write every day, I decided to blog only on Tuesday and Thursday, with Friday’s message being based on that Shabbat’s Torah reading.
When I was working, for many years I had a long commute by car and found it an excellent time for prayer. I sort of got in the habit of praying in the car, and I still do even though being retired I am in the car just for 20 minutes or so, two days a week when going to play golf. I ride my bicycle about three times a week and during those times, while praying, I often go off on a tangent, and that is when I get most of my inspiration for these messages.
Well, as today’s title suggests, lately I have been in a dry spell. I have nothing for today. Even my daily Bible readings aren’t providing me anything; I am in the book of Psalms, and generally, although I love the wonderful worship of David’s writings, I don’t get a lot of inspiration from them.
Maybe I can write about how faithful David was; even when in the midst of terrible tsouris (Yiddish for bad luck, difficulty, or troubles), he always relied on God for his salvation.
Of course, we can always rely on God for salvation, whether it be from human problems or on a more eternal basis, which is where the Messiah, Yeshua, fits in.
I don’t know? Maybe I need a dry spell? It is nice just to talk with you all, and tell you how much I appreciate you being subscribers to either my website or YouTube channel, or (better yet!) to both. I do, occasionally, like to share my personal life with you and hope that you don’t mind.
I am not a really “holy” person (ask anyone who knows me) and I believe that to know me as just another rather ordinary guy is helpful to anyone who may think too highly of me (if anyone does) just because I have written books and have this ministry. I am somewhat proud that there are over 165 members of this ministry, but since this is on the Internet, that is really a very low number. I mean, truth to tell, some video of a dog chasing a squirrel will get over a million views, so what I do is almost statistically irrelevant.
Believe me, I am not anything great. And whatever I do that is worthwhile, honestly, it is not from me but from God working through me. Really, I mean this! This is not some false humility- I am being realistic because I know what thoughts and feelings I have, and they are VERY human. When I do or say something that is edifying or spiritually mature, helping others to know God better, that is from God, not from me.
I have said this many times and will continue to say it:
When I do something really good, that is God working through me; when I totally screw something up, then I can take full credit.
And when I have nothing to say, no message of spiritual edification, no wisdom to dispense, when I can only say I have “Nuttin’, Honey!”, I can still always offer this: my thanks to God for all that he has done for me.
He has blessed me in so many ways, so many times, even before I knew him, and this ministry is such a blessing to me, I can’t even begin to tell you.
My calling, if you will, is to teach. I do not have the compassion or patience to be a Rabbi- trust me on that- but teaching is the gift God has given me, which has been confirmed to me by many people, much more spiritually mature than I will ever be.
And that is why I write books, and why I constantly blog, and why even when running dry, I will say something because what is more important than anything is that the ones who I can reach learn what God wants from them.
Religion was not something God ever intended: God tells us what he wants from us, clearly, in the Torah and that is for everyone to know. He first gave it to the Jews to learn, so that they could teach it to the world. Yeshua taught us the Torah- the Pharisees had only taught the plain language meaning. Yeshua taught us the deeper spiritual meaning, but it was always the Torah, God’s only instructions to the world.
People created different religions because they wanted to tell us what they think God wants.
And for those who have been taught by their religion that Yeshua (Jesus) did away with the Torah, well…do you really think that the obedient son of God would tell anyone to disobey his father?
Would the Messiah, who God sent to lead us back into communion with him by providing the means for forgiveness (which couldn’t be given after the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed) say that forgiveness comes from rejecting what God said to do?
Have you ever thought, religion aside, if it really makes any sense at all that we can receive forgiveness by ignoring God’s instructions?
Hey, whaddya know? I found a message, after all!
I think I’ll stop now because what I just said needs some time to sink in.
Thank you for being there and please help this ministry to continue to grow.
L’hitraot and Baruch HaShem!