Wednesday, May 17, 2023
by David Brenneman
To think "I got this!" is often a prelude to something going wrong. We realize not all the details wrapped up in the moments in which we live. Our moments in human history were known before history was...do you realize that? Our "time" wasn't ours at all. By the foreknowledge of God we were born in this here, this now, for a purpose and for His reasons.
Many, over the centuries, have believed that they wou have fared better living in another time. Some we know even today believe that another place would be enough to spur on a better life.
John 5:42a NASB "but I know you..."
Have you that much knowledge of yourself to live life as God intended for you without His help? I think not. Looking at my own successes and my own failures, I am more than certain that the answer is no.
We, oh so often, get an overview and think those Cliff notes will get us to the finish line.
Speaking of which, did you know that many teachers and professors were very intentional on utilizing questions that Cliff notes did NOT cover in order to cause students to have to truly buckle down and study the material?
We read also in John 5 of how Jesus called those Jewish Leaders out because they were trying to figure out how to use His Word, the Old Testament, for personal profit and gain. That they totally missed it that those Scriptures wrote about Him.
He knows me. He knows you.
We are easily as excited as the rest of the world at new things. What I often am taken to in Scripture is Ecclesiastes. There's nothing new under the sun. Nothing new. Might be new to this generation but not new on this Earth. Archeologists keep finding items that survived the Great Genesis Flood that are proof of higher technology than we have even today.
Speaking of that time in history...we read in Genesis that the Lord Jesus looked down upon the Earth and saw that the thoughts of mankind were evil continually.
He knows. We read in other places in the Bible that it is He who searches the hearts.
Probably only I would put the two together, but it was in the news yesterday that Microsoft had developed a means of even looking into compressed files to scan for malicious data. Not too surprising except that now even if it's password protected it still can. Which is causing quite a stir. People with their secrets from each other on a computer can be found out. How much more so when we hide things in our hearts, laughingly thinking we can hide them from God?
We often also get dejected and depressed because we think certain things that we think we understand are actually true.
People criticize us and berate us and we begin to believe them.
People praise us and speak well of us and we like to believe them.
We seek approval from people rather than from our Savior.
In more than a few places in Scripture the people of Israel confessed that they sinned against God for wanting for themselves the same as what the other nations had concerning a king.
Jesus told Samuel that they didn't reject Samuel, they had rejected Him as their King. He knows.
We are warning to be on the alert because the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. His modus operandi is deception. Our sin nature is akin to that in that it deceives us as well.
We need the Spirit of Truth to show us truth from a lie. To show us that which we do not fully understand. We need the absolute truth from God about God to learn how to live life in Christ. To learn what we need and not want we want out of life to grow in Christ. To tell us right from wrong. To keep us on the road...keep us in the race.
He knows. He knows every single part of your heart and mind. Let that sink in.
He knows every detail that we try to hide from ourselves. He knows every detail of everything we hide from others.
He knows what would happen if we are obedient and what would happen if we aren't.
Fast forward to that day we give an account of our lives before Jesus. There's no questions He needs to ask. Your life goes straight into a test by fire. The fire of truth.
Jesus knows your every hurt that you hide.
Jesus knows every failure that you have felt has defined you.
Jesus was a man of sorrows, well acquainted with grief. He knew the pain of loss. The loss of a parent. The loss of family. The loss of friends. The betrayal of friends. Well acquainted can mean well versed as well. He lived with people constantly criticizing Him.
He knows what emotional pain is all about. He knows what it means.
He knows your heart and knows that what you need is found only in a right relationship with Jesus Himself.
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Set your mind on things above and not on the things that are of this world. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and spirit. Love your neighbor as yourself.
These will guide you on how to have the mind of Christ. They will guide you in living a life that doesn't dwell on you but dwells on our Savior. They will help you to render your sin nature toothless.
He knows you. He knows what you need and rather than what you think you do.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB.