We’ll See God
Have you ever been in just the right place...at just the right time to see God...to see Him work in miraculous ways? Our pastor spoke on Hope recently, and it was so good! We all want Hope. But how do we go about getting it...finding it...keeping it? There are so many things coming against us in this world, it seems we can drown under the weight of it all. And yet, Jesus is always there, reaching out His hand, encouraging us to “walk on water,” so to speak. Seems impossible doesn’t it? Just like it did to Peter. But with the right focus, we will see and do many seemingly impossible things. Sadly, many times we miss what God is doing because we are not in the right place, at the right time, focused on the right thing.
This really came to light for me with the story our pastor shared of the two people who were in the right place, and were privileged to see the face of God. Anna and Simeon. They were in the Temple on the day Jesus was brought there by His parents. Anna had been there for years, and years, and years. She had become a widow at a young age, and she had spent the rest of her 84 years fasting and praying. She was ready to meet the Savior. Simeon had received a promise from God that he would not die until he saw the Savior. Moved by the Spirit, he was in the Temple that day.
What does this have to do with us, and with Hope? Hope is lost when we get hung up in the stuff of this world. Anna didn’t look at what was missing. Instead she looked at what was to come. Simeon didn’t look at what was wrong in the world, instead he looked and waited for what was so right. When we look only at our present circumstances, instead of the eternal future God has for us through His Son, Jesus Christ, our focus is off. Anna remained a widow, and Simeon was still walking out his life waiting for the promise he hadn’t yet seen. But neither of them took their eyes off of their God. It wasn’t any easier for them than it is for us. They were just sojourners in this world like we are. They wanted the same things we want for: Hope. Peace. Joy. They set the example for us to persevere. As our pastor said, we need to be Spirit-led, Word-fed, and Worship-ed...he couldn’t find a rhyme for Worship. That is the only way to find Hope, and the only way to keep Hope. Anything else is false hope.
Searching And Noticing the Divine incorporates these principles. The Searching requires being led by the Spirit of God. The Noticing requires looking into the Word of God so when we go out into the World, we are sensitive to God’s activity around us because of what we’ve read. The Divine requires lifting our hearts and our minds to a place of Worship that is not of this world. And as our pastor shared, this also causes Devil-dread. Our enemy, Satan, dreads it when we realize the things that he cannot provide. Oh sure, like with Jesus, he can offer us many things in the wilderness of our lives, but he can’t deliver an eternal Hope because when day is done, Satan will be done—thrown into the fiery pit forever. We have to be intentional about searching for the blessed Hope just like Anna and Simeon were. They eventually saw Jesus, and so will we...that we can be assured of!
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)