Spiritual Intelligence: How long? How well

Long Suffering… [enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently.]

This quality among others is one of God’s attributes. At Moses’ appointment to collect another copy of the Ten Commandments (remember he broke the first in anger), this was one of the words used to describe Him:

And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin

Sadly this is an attribute that also poses a big challenge for humanity to comprehend. Some use it as test for wrong or right, so if the consequences of their action is not swift – there is no God, or perhaps God is okay with it. Others use it to taunt the believer in times of adversity, saying; Where is your God? If there was a God… And for that believer, like Daniel – How long?

Pharaoh kept on pushing it to his demise, the nation of Israel until they ended-up in captivity, Nineveh and Babylon until their dramatic fall.

Long Suffering is a cross cutting theme in The Rabbi’s teaching, emphasising that delay does not mean absence. But rather it should buy us time to do more good works and to get our lives in order.

So like Penelope in the Odyssey, we are expected to secure His kingdom, keep our focus, passion and discipline; regardless of what the adversary throws at us, or uses to seduce us – until we give up our last breathe.

In your mercy, keep us lord.


~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: Our Y and X axis

Friends in order to effect meaningful change in our lives and community we need to consider our Vertical (Up to Down) and Horizontal (Side to Side) points of influence. What I crudely refer to as our Y and X axis.

Both are of equal importance, therefore a shift in one affects the other.

Our vertical pull denotes the things or people that motivate or shape our lives, in other words our upward pull. These include things we live for, people we model our lives after, our values and beliefs, books and media, aspirations etc.

While our horizontal pull; people or things around us – in other words our side pull. These include our; peers, friends, colleagues, environment, social network, family, social trends, popular culture etc.

In the prophet Isaiah’s epiphany while mourning the death of king Uzziah (a man he greatly admired), he made this profound statement;

Mourn for me; I’m ruined! I’m a man with unclean lips, and I live among a people with unclean lips. Yet I’ve seen the king, the Lord of heavenly forces!

Yet I’ve seen The King, and that was the catalyst for a vertical shift  – resulting in a shift in his horizontal sphere. He was completely transformed, and his sense of purpose and destiny – turbo charged!


~ Sabali