"My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you." Job 42:5 (NIV)
It is so easy to walk in our Christian experience and really believe that we know God. We are like a baseball fanatic. You know the kind. He can tell you everything about a certain player. He can quote their batting average, number of homers, lifetime RBI's. He knows where they played college ball, the names of his wife and children. He even has an autographed baseball. Yet he has never met the player. Never went to his house, sat with him at dinner or even had a discussion. Everything he knows is from reading or listening to commentators. Now don't get me wrong, there is passion! Chances are he will fight you if you say something derogatory about the player. There is passion but it is based on admiration not friendship.
Job came to a place where everything he thought he knew about God seemed
empty and vain. And then He met God. Job knew all about God, He "worshipped"
God, He even lived the way he thought God wanted him to; but when he saw
God, it all changed. Knowing God in a personal and intimate way changes
everything. And the beauty is that God created each of us with the ability
to know Him. He has equipped us with the Holy Spirit who is to teach us all
things and bring us into intimate fellowship with God. But the choice is
yours. You can choose to spend time with God and ask Him to reveal Himself
to you or you can continue to "know" about Him. Cry out to God today and ask
Him to open your eyes like He did Job's and you will be able to say, "My
ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you."
Dear Father, sometimes I feel so phony inside. I talk about you, I read about you, I pray to you, but I don't seem to sense you. Today, Lord, help me be conscious of your presence. Father, speak to me. Help the eyes of my heart to see you. I want to know you in a deep and personal way. In Jesus' name. AMEN
May God Bless you and Keep you,
In His Service,
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.