Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life
Intimacy with God…
God not only knows you, He knows you more intimately than you know yourself! “Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; you are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you know all about it, Lord. You have encircled me; you have placed your hand on me. This wondrous knowledge is beyond me. It is lofty; I am unable to reach it.” (Psalm 139:1–6)
Knowing God knows you more intimately than you know yourself is bittersweet because He not only knows the good things you do, He also knows about all the “stuff” you’ve hidden and locked away in a closet. I don’t know about you but I’m ok with God knowing about my good “stuff,” however His knowledge of my locked closet can be a little unsettling.
It would not only be unsettling but also spirituality devastating if it weren’t for this promise, “You have encircled me; you have placed your hand on me.” It would be impossible for God to be intimate with us without an intimate relationship with the crucified and resurrected Jesus who makes it possible for us to have a relationship with God. Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount outlined many of the “fruits” coming out of God’s intimacy with us among them are, “Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
For who knows what is good for anyone in life, in the few days of his futile life that he spends like a shadow? Who can tell anyone what will happen after him under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 6:12) My first encounter with Matthew’s quote above gave me the impression I could have anything I wanted, within reason of course. It turned out to be a “bomb” leaving me questioning the scripture and Jesus. Matthew Henry sets the record straight “We must come to him for good things, for those he gives to them that ask him; which teaches us to refer ourselves to him; we know not what is good for ourselves (Eccl. 6:12), but he knows what is good for us, we must therefore leave it with him; Father, thy will be done.” (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary)
“Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, nobody knows my sorrows.” In an intimate relationship with God is old “stuff” because of… “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2nd Corinthians 5:17)
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6)
Grace and PEACE,
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