3 This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
One of my biggest and most current desires right now is to practice the presence of God and to actively hear from him. To know him in an experiential, real-time way.
How often am I unsure or afraid, and I don’t seek out and know the Lord’s presence? In theory, I quickly affirm he is there. But his real presence? His voice? His guidance? His help?
His active and real assurance?
Until recently, this concept was vague and too hard to grasp. We are to actively seek him… but finding him? What did that mean?
Growing up, I thought the voice and face of God were reserved for only special or momentous occasions… given only to those who were extra spiritual and extra faithful….and really only for someone else’s benefit. I called it revelation. Not for me.
Revelation was a BIG mountain to climb…Who knew if I could ever attain it.
Has anybody ever read 2 Peter 1:19?
This verse showed me that God’s voice is God’s word. It’s more sure than any experience anyone could ever attain.
Although this is true, I translated this to mean that God rarely speaks outside of his written word and that I should be content with never (or rarely) hearing from this God I called ‘Dad’. My Dad only spoke to me in notes. In a note. A note I called the bible.
Here I am, a good little Christian girl, evangelizing and telling people that God wants a relationship with them (this is a core message of the gospel after all) and yet my relationship was only that of studying, memorizing, and applying scripture. Even though these are all really really good things, my relationship with God was very one sided.
I’m ending that chapter in this season of my life.
God wants to speak. He wants to walk and talk. God lives in Jesus, who LIVES inside of me. He wants to COMFORT.
Jesus, wasn’t he the king of scripture?
And yet he did crazy things that didn’t make any sense to anyone, all the time. (Especially the religious leaders)
Were they ever out of bounds from the scripture? Absolutely not. But walking on water never happened until Jesus did it. God’s written word didn’t tell Jesus which disciples to choose, or tell Jesus to wait two days in the city after hearing his best friend died.
Now they are written down, because of experience.
God wants a relationship. A real, two way, active, relationship. The Holy Spirit is a comforter, a companion, an affirmer and guider of the truth. God is seeking to show his glory, his presence, his power, his might in the face of Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
I’m hungry for his voice. His presence. I want to wake up and feel him. I want to go about my day and have the Spirit guide me into all truth.
19 Jesus said to the Jews, “I can guarantee this truth: The Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing. Indeed, the Son does exactly what the Father does. 20 The Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. The Father will show him even greater things to do than these things so that you will be amazed.