July 3, 2016

On a need-to-know basis only

We like to be "in-the-know" don't we?

To be the first to know of exciting, sad, or good news, then pass it on, or not, makes us feel...what?

Powerful?

Smart?

Happy?

What about when we don't know something?

Like, "What is God up to in my life???"

When "things" don't work out like we expect, or at least they don't seem to be doing so...then what?

Does that change your behavior?

Does it change your mind about God?

Whom do you serve?

Do you know the God of this universe, and exactly what it is he is "up to" in your life?

The "something" that he is "up to" in your life, and in the lives of all others, is the same.

He desires that we know him, and glorify him, exclusively, no matter what.

Does the husband do exactly as you wish, and take out the trash, make the bed, bring you coffee, never bring you coffee, pray with you when you are sad, happy, and all the in-between-times, or never, and do the children call you, and wait on you, or never do as you wish?

Is that the extent of your wish list, and the complete desire of your heart, or is there more?

Or is the intent of your heart to love God, and others, and have total, never-worry, faith?

What do we really need to know?

When you sit and wonder, what is it that occupies your mind?

Is it, "When will so-and-so finally get right, and act right, and when will my ship come in?"

Or is it, "More love for you, my Lord, more service for you, and strength for my journey."

Is it, "Where will my feet take me today for you, God, and to whom will you send me, and how will my good works cause others to praise your name?"

What we only need to know is God, and what God is is a Spirit, and those who worship him must do so in spirit and in truth. It is not enough to just get all excited and shout, and dance, and sing to him.

Truth must accompany the worship (John 4:24), for there are many who sing, and clap, and think that they worship God, but then leave that place, and worry, and wander, and love the world.

They sing, and then wonder about when they will get more stuff, and when will others behave.

To worship God in truth is to know him, and in the knowing of God there is perfect peace, and rest in the "not knowing" of anything else about circumstances right now, and in the future.

In knowing God, a woman is in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3); her soul no longer wanders, her feet are on the narrow path where she will not fall off for God keeps her even from stumbling (Psalm 121:3).

She does not turn around and yearn for the pig-sty... she knows God!

In repentance (agreeing with God about sin), her soul is washed, and made new (II Corinthians 5:17).

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

That is what you need to know.

That is what Jesus preached (Matthew 4:17).

From the top of your head, to the soles of your feet, and in your soul, do you know God?

When he meets someone, they do not forget him, for that is impossible.

That soul is never the same again.

Follow Jesus. He will take you to God. That is what we need to know.

Do you know him?

Do you tell others Whom they need to know?

Do you show them the way?

With love, and long-suffering, and gentleness do you point the way?

Until he calls us home, may we singularly point to God.


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