“Don’t you know me…?”
Jn 14:9 NIV
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW JESUS?
A fascinating encounter took place between Jesus and Philip. When “Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father’…Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?’” (vv. 8-9 NIV). There’s a lesson here for all of us. You can go to church regularly, serve on the board and sing in the choir, yet not really “know” the Lord. To truly know someone you must spend time with them, sharing and opening your heart. In other words, the relationship must become your top priority. The book you’re holding is called a “devotional” because its aim is to bring you to the place where you’re more devoted to Christ than anything else. Does that mean neglecting other things? No, it will actually enhance every other area of your life. The Bible says, “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel” (Ps 103:7 NKJV). Israel knew God’s acts because they were observers, whereas Moses knew His ways because he was intimate with Him. Israel saw what God did; Moses was close enough to understand His thinking and why He did what He did. Three times Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” (Jn 21:15 NKJV). The first two times Peter answered, “Yes.” The third time, frustrated by the question, he answered, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You” (v. 17 NKJV). Note the words, “Lord, You know.” You can fool others, and even yourself, but the Lord knows the quality of your love for Him. Today His desire is to draw you closer to Himself. Are you available?
WELCOME CHALLENGING TIMES as opportunities to trust Me. You have Me beside you and My Spirit within you, so no set of circumstances is too much for you to handle. When the path before you is dotted with difficulties, beware of measuring your strength against those challenges. That calculation is certain to riddle you with anxiety. Without Me, you wouldn’t make it past the first hurdle! The way to walk through demanding days is to grip My hand tightly and stay in close communication with Me. Let your thoughts and spoken words be richly flavored with trust and thankfulness. Regardless of the day’s problems, I can keep you in perfect Peace as you stay close to Me.
James 1:2; Philippians 4:13; Isaiah 26:3