Sunday, August 31, 2014

If Only We Knew




After requesting a drink of water, Jesus spoke even more surprising words to the Samaritan woman at the well, If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)

The woman said “I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes he will explain everything to us. (v. 25)

Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.” (v. 26)

I love this scene in the Mary Magdalena version of the Jesus film.

The completely transformed woman left her water jar behind and ran back to town to tell everyone she saw what she now knew. A large crowd came back with her and urged Jesus to stay with them for two days.

Then they said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” (v. 42)

God says,“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Do we really know Him? And will we continue to trust Him when we don’t know what He’s doing?

Beth Moore writes about knowing and trusting Jesus in her book Beloved Disciple:

“We cannot claim to know anyone intimately whom we’ve not known in the intensity of both agony and elation. Anyone with eyes willing to truly behold Jesus will at times be confused and shocked by what he sees. You see, if we’re willing to be taken to the extremes of His glory where intimate knowledge is gained, we will undoubtedly see things of Him we cannot explain and that sometimes disturb.

Then comes the question: Will we walk away from Jesus when from human understanding he looks weak and defeated?...What do we do when we can’t explain what Jesus is doing? Will we remain nearby when He hasn’t stopped a tragedy? When based on earthly evidence, human reasoning implies evil has defeated Him? Or that evil seems to be found in Him? Will we stand by faith when human logic says to run? That’s what will make us different.”

I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me. (John 10:14)

Do we really know Him?

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