“Choose Abba in Av” Month of Av 5779 = August 2- 31, 2019 – A Word by Christine Vales
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Month of Av 5779 = August 2- 31, 2109
by Christine Vales
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Life is full of decisions. We make a series of choices every day of our lives, but some seasons are especially full of decisions. Such is this month of Av. As the fifth month of the year, it is associated with grace. This is especially good considering all the choices to be made. In addition to grace we need discernment… but how do we get it? The answer lies right before our eyes. The answer is in “Av” itself.
The word Av means Abba or Father. He is the source of our discernment and our very life. Question is…do we really know God as our Abba Father? We have to start here. Do we know Him as Father? And if not, how can we? We can know Him as Father, but we have to make that choice. He has given us free will to choose Him, and this perhaps is the most important choice of all. Scripture points our hearts in the right direction…“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (Jn 1:12-13)
Knowing Him as Father starts with receiving and believing in Him. When we receive Him, we receive His forgiveness and become His child. Believing Him means trusting and having faith in Him. So, before we move on, take time to consider His offer of forgiveness and adoption. “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” (Rom 8:14) May His words open your to heart to receive Him as your Abba Father.
“So faith comes by comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom 10:17) Did you hear that? The word says our faith grows as we hear. Can you see how belief is linked with hearing? In this month of choices, hearing is the action the Lord is highlighting. When God is our Father, we have access to His discernment and wisdom, all we have to do is ask and He will freely give it to us. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (Js 1:5) When we position our hearts to hear His voice, we grow in discernment. Hearing is clearly depicted in many of this month’s characteristics. The tribe associated with this month is Simeon and his name means “gracious hearing.” If you study Simeon, he seems to be hard of hearing, however, the Lord is merciful and redeems our bad decisions for our good and His glory. The Lord also points to our kidneys this month, which are called “advisors of the soul.” How is this connected to hearing? The function of the kidneys is to purify our blood and remove toxins. They are a physical picture of discernment… a filter to purify our minds and remove bad toxins from our thoughts. We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made. Let’s keep our antennae up, especially this month, to hear Him clearly.
Consider how Israel was positioned in Av. Were they presented with important, life changing decisions? The answer is yes! It was on the 9th of Av when the spies returned with their news report of the Promised Land. (Num 13) Although there were giants in this very fruitful land, Joshua and Caleb believed the Lord and encouraged Israel to go forth to possess the land. The other spies, however, gave a negative report and instilled fear. Israel was faced with a choice on the edge of the Promised Land. They went with the majority and chose unbelief. This led to devastating immediate ramifications in Israel’s history. Specifically, forty years of wandering in the wilderness, culminating in the death of that entire generation twenty years and older. That generation would never enter the Promised Land.
The Lord presents us with a similar choice this month. As we come out of the three-week period called “Between the Straits” on Av 9, we also stand at the edge of our promised land. As we exit this narrow passage of time, we will be presented with a choice: To believe the good report of the Lord or to settle in unbelief. Whose report will you listen to? May we learn from Israel’s history and choose to hear and believe the truth of our Father’s voice. If you listen closely, you will even hear His voice in the stars this month as Leo, The Lion of Judah roars over our heads lovingly protecting and warning His cubs. May we tune in to His roar of truth and love guiding us His way.
Where do you find yourself this month? This is not just about history and the Israelites… it’s about you! What choice lies before you? Whose voice will you listen to? May you position yourself to hear His truth. I implore you to believe the good report of the Lord. Unbelief has severe consequences. Believing, on the other hand, is credited to you as righteousness. (Gen 15:6) Most importantly, have you accepted His offer of forgiveness and adoption? In this month of choices, make the best decision of your life and choose this day whom you will serve… Him! (Jos 24:15)
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