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God Speaks

When we hear a fanciful story, it is all too easy to dismiss it – often rightly so.  But when it turns out that the event has witnesses, it has to be taken more seriously, and the more witnesses, the more believable it becomes.

The Message about the Glory of Christ

16 When we told you about the power and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, we were not telling clever stories that someone had made up. But with our own eyes we saw his true greatness. 17 God, our great and wonderful Father, truly honored him by saying, “This is my own dear Son, and I am pleased with him.” 18 We were there with Jesus on the holy mountain and heard this voice speak from heaven.

19 All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophets said is true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 But you need to realize that no one alone can understand any of the prophecies in the Scriptures. 21 The prophets did not think these things up on their own, but they were guided by the Spirit of God.

There appear to be mutterings about the truth of what Peter has told them, questions about the validity about what they are claiming about Jesus.  So Peter writes to assure them that these are not made up stories, but these are truths that he and others have seen with their own eyes.  They were there at the transfiguration (coming tomorrow); they heard the voice declaring,

 This is my beloved son.

They had seen with their own eyes and heard with their own ears.  This is not a second or third hand account, but the truth told by someone who was there.  And what they saw and heard in Jesus made them more convinced of their faith in the Old Testament prophets too.

These are not made up stories, they are God talking to his people – and notice should be taken.

We do not have the privilege of seeing Jesus as he lived and walked on this earth.  But, we do have the knowledge of his presence in our lives day by day.  I know what he has done in and through me.  It is not a wild story, but a truth.  We will each have had that experience, when we have just known that God was there, working, speaking, nudging, equipping, moving us on – though we may not always have noticed it at the time.  Saying here I am, what are you going to do?

This is the truth we can stand on – the truth of our experience of God in our lives.  It might not have been a flashy experience like the transfiguration, but it will have been just as real, just as much God’s presence with us, giving us the strength we need to follow him, to speak his word, to know him in our lives.

Thank you Lord
for the times when I have known
your presence,
very real,
very near,
totally true.

 Thank you
for the confidence that gives,
to rely on you,
to speak of you,
to work for you.

 As I hear your voice,
may I be equipped
for all that you ask of me,
all that you take me to,
and to share that truth
with others

Lord, I come to you

I Know

Have you ever been accused of something you haven’t done?  When someone has assumed that you have done something that you haven’t?  But they have treated you guilty as charged anyway?  That was Job’s experience…

Job 19:23-27 (CEV)

23 I wish that my words
could be written down
24     or chiseled into rock.
25 I know that my Savior lives,
and at the end
    he will stand on this earth.
26 My flesh may be destroyed,
yet from this body
    I will see God.
27 Yes, I will see him for myself,
    and I long for that moment.

These are part of Job’s words in response to his friends.  They subscribe to the commonly held belief that God rewards good and punishes evil, with the conclusion that therefore Job must have done something wrong to be in this mess.  Specifically at this point, Bildad has given a description of the lot of the evil man.  Job asks him,

Why do you keep tormenting me with words? (v1)

and actually questions what it matters to Bildad if he has done wrong; though he knows that to Bildad, what he sees happening to Job, is proof enough.  He’s says it is God’s work, not his own, that has got him in this situation.

In fact, he wants it recording.

I know that my Saviour lives (v25)

Whatever has happened, Job still believes in God, in a God who will save him from these troubles – that whatever happens to him, he will see God.  That is faith! He can see it from the bottom of the pit he is in, he can feel it in the depths of his pain.  However he is feeling he can still see God and hold on to him.

Faith and God are not just for the easy days, when skies are blue and all is well in our world.  God is with us in the dark times too, in the times when it feels that everything is going wrong, when life is falling apart and we feel far from God and not sure what we believe any more.  We may not be able to feel it as Job does, but it is none the less true.  Whether we feel it or not, God does, He holds us, He sustains us, He carries us through.

God doesn’t depend on my faith and belief in him.  He is – however I feel.  And I thank God for that.

How great it is that God is not just God of the good days – that would be easy.  I’m glad he’s God of the tough days too, the days I can’t carry on, the days I am battered and bruised, the days I’m hurt and alone, the days I can’t see him, he can still see me – and he carries me through until I can say again,

I know that my Saviour lives

Thank you Lord,
that you are not just
a fair weather friend,
but an all-weather friend.
You are with me through storms
as well as sunshine.
Thank you that when I have no strength
to carry myself,no faith
to see you:
that you see me,
you carry me,
you believe in me.
I stand in that hope.

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

The need to know

We have become used to being able to find out the answer to everything.  Research is breaking boundaries of things previously not understood.  A Google search helps us find out things we don’t know.  With our thirst for knowledge our tolerance for the things we can’t understand has become less and less.

Today’s set reading is this:

Genesis 2:15-17

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

And it got me thinking…

Are there some things that we are not meant to know?  Some things that should just be left to God?

If we did know, would it help us?  Would we use the information in the right way?  When we think we know, do we just use the information to sit in judgement?

Can we leave not knowing with God, or do we want to understand him fully?  Can we ever fully understand God and his ways?

Just wondering – what do you think?

 

Edit: interestingly I’ve just read the comments on this passage on The Methodist Church daily Bible Reading notes  – making a similar point from a different angle…