“I just don’t think we are meant to know,” sighed my friend. “It is just too much for us to understand.”
Checking her watch, she excused herself for an afternoon meeting. As I finished my coffee, I pondered her statement. It is one I have heard before: God is beyond our understanding. There is certainly truth in that statement, but there is a greater truth!
It is our glorious privilege to seek and find God in every moment of our lives!
Proverbs 25:2 explains it this way: “It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.”
Unveiling God in the circumstances of our lives is our mission. As we get to know Him, we help others do the same. The concept of a “personal God” is so often discussed that the actual meaning has become cloudy. We hear it so often we think we know it!
“Jesus loves you.”
“God knows the number of hairs on your head.”
“God cares about your pain.”
“If you were the only person who would ever have been saved, Jesus would have died for you.”
Every statement above is true, but the logic of it is difficult to pin down. Rather than press into the reality, we often excuse our failure to do so. Truth be told, we like the idea of a God who is a bit more remote. A sovereign, untouchable God does not demand alterations to our thoughts, opinions or actions. A sincere awareness of a personal God who is always present, changes the dynamics of how we live. That is exactly how it should be. It is the desire of God to be intimately involved in every aspect of our lives!
Take a few minutes and soak in the truth presented in this video:
Since we cannot see Jesus as in the video, how do we come to know Him in a deep, personal way? We grow in a relationship with God in the same way we grow any relationship: we get to know what the person cares about, what hurts them, what pleases them, how they think and act.
All of those details about God are found in the Bible. Jesus Christ was the Living Word–all that is in the Scriptures was walked out in His life. It is to be walked out in our lives as well. That can only happen when we feed upon it. There is no short cut; Isaiah describes it as line-upon-line learning. The more we learn of Him, the more we long to know Him.
“All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God … “ (Isaiah 26:9a).
When the presence of God is our priority, we seek Him, find Him and reveal Him. We live in a world of chaos, but we never need to be separated from the presence of God. At any moment–when we are in danger, when we are being disrespected, when we are angry–we can choose to turn into that presence. The more we know of God and what He is like, the more likely we are to bring His healing touch to our hurting world.
The presence of God feels like the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, kindness and self-control. There is nothing in the Spirit that causes trouble in our world–and every solution is found in Him. The immense privilege of unveiling Jesus in the midst of our day is why we never want to skimp on digging for His revelations in the Word!
What situation is most likely to block you from His presence? Will you dig in the Scriptures to find what He looks like in those circumstances?