During prayer the other day, I kept hearing this word…juxtaposition…I couldn’t shake it out of my head, even though I had no idea what God was trying to say…so, like normal, I looked it up…here’s the definition.
Juxtaposition: the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side, often to compare or contrast or to create an interesting effect.
Since hearing this word and looking up the definition, I’ve spent a lot of time asking God what exactly He’s saying…I still didn’t even know when I started typing today…
But just now I looked over at my open Bible and read this scripture.
Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” Psalm 35:1-3
Every time I stretch into more of who God created me to be, I am met with opposition. In all my years, it’s been this way. It’s always strange to me how the church seems to dislike the originality of God. God is our Creator and no two of us are alike, yet church culture seems to be bent on corralling everyone into boxes. They did it to Jesus, they still do it to us.
The church should be championing who God made us individually, but they mostly don’t. It’s too messy and time consuming…and let’s face it, pastors and elders are people too and they just like to have their way. But I want Yahweh.
When I hold God’s way, next to any other way the comparison makes the choice easy. The juxtaposition between freedom in God and freedom from man, makes a stark contrast. Notice the wording…man gives whatever freedom they want you to have…God IS freedom. He is innately freeing. Freedom was and is never meant to come from other people. Freedom comes from God.
It’s also interesting when you look at standing…Christ has called us to stand…in Ephesians. Having done all we could do, stand. This juxtaposition is striking because when I’ve been in standing seasons, it has often been members of the body of Christ who have the hardest time encouraging me to stick it out. Unfortunately, the body has been the ones who fled when things got tough. They often critique and give ill-fated advice instead of acknowledging the need for us to have partners as we stand. I’m so blessed by those who have chosen to unapologetically stand with me…those same people have never questioned what I’ve heard from God, instead they champion me…and help me hold the line. That’s true sisterhood/brotherhood. That’s who I want to be to my fellow sisters and brothers in Christ.
The ways of this world fall dim when held to the Light of the world…don’t they?.
Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. Psalm 34:11-16