DayBreaks for 3/23/17: I Have Revealed You
NOTE: Galen is traveling this week. This week’s DayBreaks will be from the May 2007 archives.
John 17:6 (NIV) – I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
“I have revealed You.”
For millennia, people have looked up at the sky and observed the world around them and pondered what God (or the gods) were like. At times, from external appearances, God didn’t seem to be too friendly. Billions of unanswered questions were flung skyward, and yet God couldn’t be seen or known or understood. Droughts, fires, storms, earthquakes, volcanoes, diseases, death suggested that perhaps God wasn’t too good, too friendly, nor was it a good idea to get too close to Him. And who can blame them for coming to such conclusions? Let’s be honest here: life is tough. It’s hard. Even today, when a Katrina or a tsunami strike, one of the first questions out of the mouths of people is: “Why did God do this? Either he must not be a good God, or he must not be strong enough and powerful enough to prevent such things.” Their doubts lead some to the conclusion that God is vengeful, angry with all of mankind, or that maybe at some point, like Nietzsche, they concluded in their own reasoning that God kicked the bucket at some time and that’s why these things happen.
Honestly, these are tough questions. What I think we should understand from the text is that Jesus came partly to correct our many wrong conceptions about God and to answer some of our questions about Him. Notice, I didn’t say he came to answer all our questions, because God is infinite – and quite frankly, our human minds can’t any more capture all that there is to know about God than a paper cup could hold the entire contents of the Pacific Ocean. But He showed us God…and He showed us enough of God to show us that God isn’t like what we thought He was like at all.
What did Jesus reveal about God to us? His nature. We see God by seeing Jesus. What did Jesus do when he was confronted with suffering? NOT ONCE is it recorded that he refused to allow suffering to move him in his heart and soul – he didn’t scold those who were suffering or say that they lacked sufficient faith to be healed, he didn’t say “You’re suffering because you’re a horribly sinful person” or “Because God’s mad at you.” In fact, when asked whose fault it was someone was handicapped, or who was to blame for a tower at Siloam falling and killing people, Jesus said it was the work of the enemy – not God. And then Jesus proceeded to show his disciples, and us, what God is like and how He feels about such things: he healed, removing the suffering. In every case where Jesus was personally asked for healing, he healed! That is God’s nature – to heal all that is broken – in His time. Did Jesus heal everyone who was sick while he was on earth? No, he did not. Why? Again – that’s a topic for another time, and it’s an answer we can only speculate about – but what Scripture does make clear about God is that he will fix it all eventually, when the time is right. And then no one will be complaining any more, or suffering. “I have revealed you” is wonderful news.
The question that haunts me, though, isn’t about Jesus and his revealing of God. No, it’s much more personal. Has my life revealed Him, or obscured Him? What does my life say about Who God is and what He is like?
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for revealing the Father to us. Thank you for showing us that God is a GOOD God, a trustworthy God who is eternally interested in our good. Help us, as week and sinful as we are, to emulate Jesus and reveal God to those who witness our lives each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.