I think that one of the hardest things to get used to, in our relationship with God, is the lack of two way conversations that we are used to with one another. It’s not that I don’t sense His closeness, it’s not that I can’t go to His Word and hear the words that Jesus left us, and it’s not that I am not sometimes aware of the witness of God’s Holy Spirit within me and others, it’s the one on one, face to face interaction that I sometimes crave and long for.
Have I heard His voice speaking to me in the past, yes I have, on very rare occasions. But even those are short, usually just a few gentle words, always to the point and typically unexpected, and as I recall, what He does say to me, pretty well ends my part of the conversation.
I understand why Jesus had to leave us when He was here in human form. I understand the limitations that His presence here created, even after His resurrection. I understand in part why He had to go, but …..
And yet, even now, He surrounds us with the witness of the work of His hands, all that we do see, the beauty in His creation, the wonder of the universe that we are part of, is all around us.
Faith in our heavenly Father, faith in Jesus and the Holy Spirit are all about trust, dependence and reliance in Him. Believing in what we cannot see, trusting in Him whom we normally do not hear and our resolve to trust His guidance over our own logic. It’s not always easy and the manner in which we normally converse with one another as humans, is not the way it works with our relationship with Him.
And in God’s precious Word, Jesus reminds us that even though we do not see Him, even though we do not normally hear Him, He does see us and He does hear us.
Matthew 10:29-31 NIV “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
And Jesus tells us that our names our recorded in heaven: Luke 10:20 NIV “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Matthew 18:20 NIV “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
He knows when we lay down and He knows when we rise, as David the psalmist says in Psalm 139:2-3 NIV
“ You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.”
And in Psalm 139:16 NIV David tells us that “Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
And as Jesus addressed Thomas, when He said in John 20:29-30 NIV “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
And most importantly, in Matthew 28:19-20 NIV where Jesus says:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Jesus NEVER lies, EVER. Sometimes the way in which God has ordained our relationship to be with Him can be difficult, but there is a reason for the way that it is. Faith would not be faith if we could see. God wants us to look beyond what we can see, to go to the source, to believe in Him, to trust Him, to rely in Him and what He has done for us.
John 6:29 NIV “Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
Hebrews 11:6 NIV “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.“
And I do know that one day, one glorious day, we shall see Him face to face.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!