"By the seventh day, God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating He had done." This verse is found in the book of beginnings, Genesis. We tend to look at the number seven as the representative of completion and perfection. The number six popped into my head last night, in reference to imperfect man. Man was created on the sixth day, one day short of completion/perfection.
Often times, we carry on as though we are greater than what we truly are, incapable of mistakes, incapable of falling short, better than others, etc. Perfect, man will never be. I believe that the design was for man to forever be reliant on God for all the missing pieces, all the understanding, knowledge and wisdom needed to navigate life on this planet. Unfortunately, we were coaxed at a very young age to stray away from proper order and protocol. Learning about our ancestors often helps us to understand ourselves, and we all belong to Adam & Eve.
With that being said, we are all human, the longest day away from perfection. The number six is representative of this. It represents our human factors of unruly emotions, the constant battle between flesh and spirit, the eternal struggle between heart and mind, and all other things fighting for exterior recognition (pride, envy, jealousy, love, kindness, forgiveness, grace, mercy, hate, etc.). Your six is Satan's only attack point. He cannot touch or harm your soul, but he can mess with your mind enough to get some poison down into your spirit, gradually breaking you down to a point you feel down is the only and best way to go, and serving selfish ego is all that is necessary in life.
Think about it. Some of the worst things we've ever done and said, I'm sure, had some unchecked emotions involved. Ego and pride, fed by such emotion can't do any of us any good. Any regret felt in or after such moments should serve as a reminder to you of the Seven Who is ever present and ready to help, if only you, "who are called by His name, will humble yourself and pray and seek His face and turn from your wicked ways, then He will hear from Heaven, and He will forgive your sin and will heal your land (2 Chronicles 7:13-14)." God knows you are imperfect and He knows above all else, you will make mistakes. Satan would have you give up and claim the title of "failure", "lost", and "irreconcilable." It's just his way. Yet, GOD SITS HIGHER!! GOD SITS HUGER!! All you have to do is look up and cry out, "GOD! I'M SORRY FOR MY SIN AND SHORTCOMINGS! I WANT TO DO BETTER BUT I NEED HELP! I COME TO YOU NOW, A BELIEVER IN YOU, YOUR LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY! I BELIEVE YOU SET THE PLAN OF JESUS IN MOTION EVEN BEFORE THE DAY MANKIND FELL! YOU SENT JESUS TO REDEEM US LORD! THIS I KNOW! SEND JESUS MY WAY, GOD! FOR I GIVE MY LIFE TO HIM, MY LORD AND SAVIOR!! AMEN!"
My best coaching on minding your six, comes in the words of the Apostle Paul, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should."
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams