Do you save the best for last when you eat or open presents? I do. The anticipation is mouth-watering! And the Hebrew characters do no less. This one is very special to me. For many years I believed I was worthless. No purpose or value. Like Cinderella before the ball. Go mop the floor and keep your mouth shut.
The best has been saved for last. Tav explains how God can keep using us less-than-perfect fired pots.
169 O LORD, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised. 170 Listen to my prayer; rescue me as you promised. 171 Let praise flow from my lips, for you have taught me your decrees. 172 Let my tongue sing about your word, for all your commands are right. 173 Give me a helping hand, for I have chosen to follow your commandments. 174 O LORD, I have longed for your rescue, and your instructions are my delight. 175 Let me live so I can praise you, and may your regulations help me. 176 I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not forgotten your commands. Psalm 119:169-176 (NLT2)
Tav means mark, sign, omen, or seal, it is the symbol of truth, perfection, and completion. It represents the restoration of all of existence. It is a return to the essence and purpose of one’s life. It represents completion, before beginning again with the Creator God. The Tav shows us that the end was set from the beginning, as Tav is the final letter of, “In the Beginning”, the first word of the Torah/Bible. It is the idea that the Creator set in motion all of existence in order to reach a final state of perfection, the fulfillment of all of creation. It is also the completion of Truth. The end is never really the end, but the beginning of something new. It is a vehicle of sacrifice (a lamb for sacrifice or the surrender of my own life and agenda).
Restoration. A return to the purpose of one’s life. Completion. The end in never really the end, but the beginning of something new. Are you getting goosebumps?
What brings restoration and completion?
Discerning the Word or being able to distinguish between where I’m not getting it or living it and what God is really saying. It is God that can open our eyes and heal our broken hearts.
When I allow Him to show me what needs to be healed, He delivers according to His promise because His power is greater than any other power. When I ask, He delights to respond. It’s His word that is real revelation and the breath of life in a container with infinite, exponential growth possibility. His word brings wisdom and the transformation matures me over time until I’m filled with God’s Spirit so much that we function as one unit. I look forward to that day!
He teaches me who He really is; when I remember that, I’m fully equipped to fight the enemy’s lies. In the battle, He protects, encourages, surrounds and supports me.
His words are a delight and put iron in my soul (thoughts, emotions, will).
Restoration. A return to the purpose of one’s life. Completion. The end in never really the end, but the beginning of something new. When I thought there was no hope for me, God says, “Nah. We’re just getting started!”
WHEN we stray, He comes after us! He knows our human weaknesses and knows we haven’t turned completely away and forgotten everything He said, but have just strayed and need a rescue.
No wonder it’s a healing journey! Restoration. A return to the purpose of one’s life. Completion. The end in never really the end, but the beginning of something new.
Questions for pondering
The end in never really the end, but the beginning of something new. There is always hope for new beginnings for you.
Do you feel like an absolute failure with no hope of anything better? I have good news! What you see as an end of hope is never really the end, but the beginning of something new. When you’ve hit rock bottom, look up. God is there, looking down on you with such love. He is waiting to restore you, to return you to the purpose for your life. Are you ready to begin anew?
Carol Boggess, author and speaker at A Healing Journey
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Note: Hebrew definitions have come from walkingkabbalah.org