Well, I’m posting more this week than normal, but with the Holidays I might be too busy to post more in the days to come
In John 14:8 the disciple Philip asks Jesus “Lord show us the Father and that will be enough for us”
Jesus responds by saying “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen The Father. How can you say, ‘show us the Father?’”
“Don’t you know me?” – If we don’t know him, whose fault is it? Is He hiding? Is he Cryptic? Certainly He is beyond our understanding but not beyond our knowing.
We know Jeremiah 29:11 “‘I know that plans i have for you, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” But knowing that ABOUT God … i.e. his goodness and his GODness should cause us to want to KNOW him and so to SEEK him. So verse 12 there in Jeremiah continues …
12 THEN you will call upon me … come … pray to me 13 you WILL seek me and FIND me WHEN you seek me with all of your heart 14 I will be FOUND by you
So, if we don’t know him whose fault is it? I wonder today if any of us are dealing with something and are saying “God why would you do this?” OR “God, don’t you know that I need …”
And I believe God says “<fill in your name> well, don’t you know ME?”
Translation: “You should know me better than that”
Further translation: “You are believing a LIE. You are listening to someone else besides me”
So, where is the ANSWER?
Jesus said in John 14 “anyone who has SEEN me …” Isaiah 45:22 – “Turn to me … for I am God … there is no other”
So, where are you looking? It’s hard to see Jesus when you are staring at the Problem. It is hard to hear Jesus when you are listening to everyone else. It’s hard to be Intimate with Christ when we don’t get alone with him.
So Hebrews 12 tells us to “Fix your eyes on Jesus” – “Fix”= intention, purpose, commitment, dedication, effort”
Keep looking away from other things and keep looking to Jesus
Don’t look back, that’s regret
Don’t look Around, that’s fear
Don’t look down, that’s Discouragement
Look UP! “And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of HIS glory and grace”