DayBreaks for 01/16/14 – Close Enough to See His Face
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From the DayBreaks archive, 1/15/2004:
Luke 8:20 (NLT) – “Someone told Jesus, ‘Your mother and your brothers are outside, and they want to see you.’”
I doubt that there are Christians who don’t look forward to seeing Jesus. Sure, there may be times when because of our sin, we may not want to see him at that particular moment, but when we think of seeing Jesus, we do have a sense of joyful expectation, don’t we? Most of the time when we think of seeing Jesus, we picture it either in the context of His second coming, or the setting of our death or resurrection. Yes, we’ll see Him then. Every one will see the eyes of Jesus! When we behold him, in that instant, I’m sure that we’ll learn a great deal about him.
But perhaps there is another time when we would do well to get close enough to him to see his face, so to speak. In A Deeper Walk, Ben Pasley wrote about the reality of our frustration and anger with God at times because of how life is treating us or someone we love. At times, when things are bad, we act as if God has offended us, let us down, or is failing to do his duty towards us. Pasley suggests that at those times that we should “Tell him. Do you think he can handle it? Maybe he needs us to pound his chest and slap his face until things begin to make sense again, or at least until we have exhausted our anger. Most people discover that when they move close enough to see his face, even in the rage of misunderstanding, that there is something to learn. They discover the unexpected God. Stereotypes begin to melt from the heat of his compassion and the washing of his tears. How he reacts to human pain makes a difference.”
The passage from Luke records an instance in the life of Jesus where his mother and brothers sought to see him, but were prevented by the crowd that pressed around him. What is admirable to me is that they wanted to see Jesus. When things aren’t going the way I think they should in my life, rather than being angry at God and withdrawing from him in my anger and frustration, I’d be much better off to go to God and get close enough to see his face. It’s there that I’ll learn something that could change my life.
How long has it been since you’ve been close enough to see his face?
PRAYER: Teach us new truth about You this day and every day until we finally see You face to face, Lord Jesus! Let us seek Your face always! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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