Hidden Treasures By Kay Keith Peebles

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I began to weep.  It seemed silly, but it was so beautiful.  Then the Lord spoke to me…

We damaged our hardwood floors when we moved into our 10 year old house.  We were trying to protect them by using thick packing paper and blue painter’s tape to secure it down.  A week later when we removed the paper, the tape pulled up the polyurethane finish off the hardwood leaving ugly dull stripes throughout our family room, kitchen and hallways.  The finish had aged and therefore easily lifted off the floor.  We already had patches of faded color on the high traffic areas and the over-all appearance of the floor was becoming dull and worn.  It was obviously time to refinish the floors.

Knowing the process would majorly disrupt our main living area and kitchen for several weeks, we also chose to replace/repair windows that needed to be re-sealed.  They were not only allowing hot and cold air to flow inside during the wrong seasons, we had an annual influx of hundreds of lady bugs seeking shelter during the winter months.  Unsealed doors allowed other unwanted menacing insects, including scorpions, to enter the house unchallenged while shifting and settling caused the wood to warp and rot the trim around several windows and door frames.  Because the work was necessary, it seemed logical to fix some other issues in the kitchen at the same time.  A few weeks of “pain” would lend years of relief from constant problems.

The process of restoration created lots of dust and dirt as things were torn out and re-built.  The “destruction” phase of reconstruction was messy and living in the house while it was taking place was challenging.  As the work crews created more dust, we were cleaning daily.  It took several weeks to finish the list of projects.  Finally, the restoration stage began when cabinet repairs were completed and the granite countertops were installed.  In the U.S., one of the typical kitchen countertop surfaces is granite, which is a hard natural stone harvested from within certain mountains all over the world.  It wasn’t the first time I had granite countertops.  However, this time I was deeply touched at the amazing beauty of the stone, when the men brought it into the kitchen and laid it upon our island cabinet.  It looked like a stunning piece of artwork resting on my cabinets.

My eyes welled with tears, but not because of “owning” something of the world.  It wasn’t pride that swelled in my heart but oddly, it was humility.  I love the mountains and we had moved into our mountain home six months ago.  I have also grown to love hiking in the mountains because being in creation has always caused me to feel closer to God.  After all, He is the Creator of the heavens and the earth.  The beauty of creation has often overwhelmed me when I have looked at God’s handiworks.  Staring and the beautiful slab of granite on my countertop I felt surprised at how it affected me, and I immediately felt the Lord was speaking to me.  What I sensed the Lord was communicating to me was amazing.  He said, “You love the mountains and their beauty.  I not only made the mountains and all of creation, I hid treasures within the mountains that cannot be seen without searching for them.  This piece of granite I created and designed, and I hid it in the mountains to see if someone would search for the treasure within.  You now have a piece of a mountain which I designed in your home.  It is My artwork!”

“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him.”  Colossians 1:16 KJV.

It was an astounding statement.  I began to think of all the beautiful treasures God had created that are not seen nor easily accessible.  Pearls hidden in the ocean, in the shell of an oyster.  Gold, silver, copper and diamonds/gemstones are hidden in the mountains and/or streams.  Oil is concealed within the deserts and ocean floors while exquisite formations of limestone can be found in caves.  Geodes containing beautiful crystals come from sedimentary and limestone rocks.  Mountains, which were decorated internally with amazing colors and designs, contain granite, quartz and marble stones. The earth is full of hidden treasures which no one would see if someone had not sacrificed to obtain them.  In some cases, it cost them their own lives.

The Hubble telescope has photographed incredible images of God’s artwork in the heavens.  Colors, shapes, and spheres were strategically placed in a divine order and commanded to dance and twirl around each other in a heavenly rhythm man had never seen before.  The heavens were not simply created to sustain life on earth, they are a heavenly art gallery in the sky!  The beauty of galaxies millions of light years from earth display the exquisiteness and wonder of our Creator’s “paint brush”.

The Lord spoke to me again saying, “Man has been willing to give everything, even his own life, in pursuit of earthly treasures, but they are nothing compared to the treasures I have hidden in My Holy mountain!  I have hidden them, because I require that they be the reward for those who seek Me with their whole heart.  They are for those who will not hold back anything from their pursuit of Me.”  Several scriptures from the Bible came to my remembrance.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid, and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls.  “who when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”  Matthew 13:44-46 NKJV.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”  Proverbs 25:2 NKJV.

The beauty of creation is a reflection of the Glory of God, its Creator.  We have not begun to tap into the riches, beauty and glory of God.  “The heavens are telling the glory of God, And the expanse [of heaven] is declaring the work of His hands.  Day unto day pours forth speech, And night after night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech, nor are there [spoken] words [from the stars]; Their voice is not heard.  Yet their voice [in quiet evidence] has gone out through all the earth, Their words to the ends of the world.”  Psalm 19:1-4a AMPV.

This is the God Who took a handful of dust to form man and then blew His breath inside of him.  This is the God Who took a piece of clay, spit upon it and formed eyes for a blind man.  This is the God Who spoke “Let there be light” and the galaxies were shaped instantaneously and will continue to reproduce for all eternity.  This is the God Who created a kaleidoscope of colors, patterns, spaces and shapes which excite, ignite and stimulate the eyes of those who behold them.  This is the God Who turned the most grotesque death one could experience into the most beautiful example of love ever known to mankind.  All this and much more He did for you and me.

All of creation screams, “There is nothing too difficult for God!”  It begs us to draw nigh and give our full attention to its proclamation.  It affirms the Love of God, the Power of God and the Faithfulness of God.  Each piece is a revelation of a portion of the Glory of God and beckons us to search intently for more, but the greatest realms of Glory lie in the revelations of the Spirit of God.

The Holy Spirit knew my love of creation and took my revelation of God’s creativity to a whole new level.  Although I knew God had created all things and many of his creations were highly valued, I did not see them as His artwork nor the mystery of “hiding” them in the earth.  Who would create such incredible things and then hide them from view?  The One Who loves the intrigue of searching for those things that are not evident.  The heart of the explorer that is not satisfied with knowing only things that are seen, but desires to discover that which no one else has seen or experienced.  That same determination caused Columbus to find the New World.  It caused the pioneers to endure extreme hardship and also the loss of life to find the New Territories yet undiscovered.  It caused the scientists, mathematicians and engineers to work together and build a rocket that would shoot a man into outer space and land him on the moon.

If we apply that same spirit of searching and exploring the natural realm to the spiritual realms of Almighty God, how much more would we find when we search for the Lord with all our hearts?  I am not talking about re-writing the Bible or receiving revelation that cannot be confirmed by Biblical text.  I am talking about seeking the Lord and experiencing Him unveil to us more revelation of Who He is.  There are layers upon layers of Truths which are imbedded in His Word which we have never seen before.  In some cases we did not pause to meditate on them.  We read quickly and skimmed over truth without taking the time to study it.  There are applications in His Word which could enrich our understanding of Him in greater and greater ways drawing us closer to Him.   If we sought to know Him intently the rest of our lives, we would never come to an end of the wonder and awe of Who He is.

Some of the greatest secrets of God are hidden within the mountain of the Lord.  His invitation extends to all who hunger and thirst for Him.  No one will be denied if they seek Him with their whole heart.  Jesus challenged His disciples to “Seek Me while I may be found.”  Now, more than ever before, it is imperative we allow the Lord to search our hearts, teach us His ways, and enter into the greater realms of His Glory (Presence).   He has hidden His treasures for us to find.

Now is the perfect time to discover God’s hidden treasure.

Looks Can Be Deceiving by Larry W Peebles

Looks Can Be Deceiving   by   Larry W. Peebles   June 17, 2016   16.22

 

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Everything looked normal.  There was no apparent cause for concern, and nothing to indicate I should even have a second thought or worry.  It was bedtime at the end of a long and tiring day.  I was actually too tired to think.  In order to stay on schedule for the remodel of our kitchen, I had to drive from northern Georgia to northern Alabama and back to pick up a replacement kitchen sink.  The one I had ordered and kept in the garage for a month was chipped and cracked when we pulled it out of the box to install.  Now that the replacement sink was back in my garage, I was ready for bed.

I turned on the water in the bathroom sink to brush my teeth.  After flossing, I turned the water on a second time to brush again, as is my habit.  As I brushed for the final time, the water suddenly turned Georgia clay red.  A quick test of other faucets in the house revealed the same problem.  The water lines in our home were contaminated.

When I left for Alabama that morning, I was aware that the utility company was preparing to repair a leak between the water main and my neighbor’s meter.  When I returned that evening, everything in the neighborhood looked normal, and I never gave that repair another thought—until I turned on the water faucet at my sink.  By then it was too late.  Looks can be deceiving.  The outward appearance of my freshly painted bathroom, the shiny faucet, decorator mirror, ornate light fixture, porcelain under-mount sink, and granite counter top did not matter.  While they were all beautiful, what was coming out of the pipes was dirt and contamination.  In fact, what was coming out of the inside was affecting the outward appearance of the sink, as the mud in the water left an ugly residue.

In the process of repairing the leak next door, the water company had introduced dirt into the main.  Without a warning of this, I had introduced the dirt into the water system in my home, including the hot water tank.  With the proper warning, I could have tested my system by running the outside faucet for a while, instead of opening an inside faucet, which allowed the contaminants to enter into the interior piping of the home.

After an hour of flushing water through the pipes and hot water tank of the home, the water began to run clear.  I knew that a test of the water quality would be necessary to be safe, but then we would be fine.  Exhausted, I finally fell into bed.  During the night, this scripture verse came to mind in my sleep.  Jesus was speaking of the hypocritical Pharisees when he said (Matthew 23: 25-26) –“Woe to you….You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and self-indulgence.  Blind Pharisees!  First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”  Jesus was of course speaking of matters of the heart, internal matters that drive destructive behaviors such as jealousy, hate, unwillingness to forgive, bitterness, greed, pride and rage.  These are all behaviors that God cannot tolerate.

Like the red mud in the pipes, these behaviors can manifest when we least expect them.  Perhaps we are tired or frustrated, discouraged, angry or stretched too thin, but something or someone pushes the last button.  We snap, and the worst of the inside of us comes out in a very ugly fashion.  We often surprise ourselves, having to apologize for our words and actions, but it is too late.  The damage is done.  Things that we may remember are there, but hoped were dealt with, are now out for others to see.  We are blinded toward some issues, and do not know they are there.

Jesus went on to say (v. 27) that the Pharisees were like tombs covered in whitewash [thin paint].  “Woe to you…Pharisees…You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”  [Emphasis mine.]

I include myself when I say we all spend too much time and attention on external appearances.  If something does not look good, we apply whitewash.  So long as we can mask or ignore a character issue, we do not deal with it. When something opens the faucet and it comes out, it is too late.

God already knows our heart.  He knows what is capable of coming out of our pipes when we least expect it.  He wants us to be proactive to defeat those issues in our character, and He wants to help.

Consider these scriptures:

  1. 1 Samuel 16:7- “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
  2. Luke 11:39-41- “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.  You foolish people!  Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?  But give what is inside the dish to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.”  This verse is similar to the Matthew 23:25 verse above, but goes on to make it clear that the one (God) who made the outside of your dish (your outward appearance) also made and knows the condition of the inside.  Who better to repair the inner parts than the manufacturer?  It is also clear that if we give away (deal with) what is on the inside of the dish with the right attitude, God will take care of the outside.
  3. Romans 3:23- “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  We all have unpleasant issues of the heart to deal with.
  4. 1 John 1:8-10- “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins, and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar, and his word has no place in our lives.”  This verse indicates God will help us.  If we confess those things that make us dirty on the inside, He not only forgives, He purifies us from that unrighteousness.  Then we will pass the water quality test.

Do not wait for the pipes to spew forth dirty water at the most inopportune and unexpected time.  Take a critical self-inventory now.  Ask God to help you see those hidden flaws you may not be aware of.  Then ask Him to help you to defeat the character flaws in your life that do not reflect His glory.  He already knows of them, wants to help, and is just waiting for us to ask.

Deadly Comparisons by Kay Keith Peebles

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When I was a teenager, 36-22-36 was considered the perfect figure for a woman.  Marilyn Monroe became the prototype for women to follow.  She was a movie star during the 1950’s and her iconic image continued far beyond her death in 1962.  She was glamorous and the “standard” to which many women tried to conform.  Hollywood called her the “Blonde Bombshell”.   She played in comedy as well as dramatic roles and her name drew a large box office revenue at the local movie theaters.  She was part of the “Golden Age” of the movie industry.

Magazine covers were filled with pictures of Marilyn and other movie stars who competed with her for the attention she drew.  The movie industry pushed her image as the standard for young women to attain.  For most of us, that standard was an impossible dream.   Women young and old dyed their hair platinum blonde, wore red lipstick and tortured their bodies trying to “conform” themselves into her image.   The culture then, like today, influenced women to focus on attracting the wrong kind of attention and the wrong people.  Unfortunately, Marilyn died at the age of 36 from a barbiturate overdose.  Tragically, the image that was created for her by the movie industry, and her own poor choices were the very thing that destroyed her life.

Worldly comparisons are useless and deadly, therefore we must seek to conform ourselves to the right image.  Many people do not realize the awe and wonder of being created in the image of God.  See Genesis 1:26.  Because we were born into a fallen world, having the propensity to sin, our expectations fall far below the plans and power of God to transform us.  God never meant for us to compare ourselves to each other because even the best fallen man/woman projects an image that is imperfect and can be destructive.

Comparisons can be an easy trap in which Christians are ensnared.  For instance, if we were to compare our demeanor to someone we knew had standards lower than ours, we might think we were in good Christian standing.  However, if we compared ourselves to someone who seems to be super spiritual, travels all over the world evangelizing, and gives large donations to charities, we might feel depressed.  Truth is, there is no guarantee the world traveler is going to heaven because they may be building their own little kingdom and not God’s.  They could be making a name for themselves or doing religious works to earn God’s favor.  When we compare our Christian walk with others, we are basing our value and salvation on works and not faith in Jesus’ blood.  We might also fail to consider the measures God might place on our sins when we look down on others.  Comparing ourselves to other Christians could generate major problems for us!

God made us unique; and because of that, He has created in us a special and unique purpose.  Although our calling may be similar to others’ no one else can fulfill the true purpose God created for us.  Jesus is the one who set the standard for Christianity and we are to conform to His image.  See Romans 8:29.  Being conformed to the image of Christ still seems an impossible dream if we are only considering our natural attributes to achieve such a lofty goal.  God has not made that dream impossible because He will do the work while we simply seek Him and surrender to His perfect will.  Our transformation is a life-long journey and we have been given supernatural tools with which to succeed.  Our first obstacle is belief.  If we believe in Him and His promise to transform us, we have begun the journey.

Secondly, we must know Him.  We do that by knowing His Word.  The nature and character of Jesus can be discovered by studying the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Understanding their testimony of Jesus is a great place to begin.  Jesus is called the Word of God in 1 John 1:1-3 and Revelation 19:13.  Jesus is the true manifestation of the written Word of God.  His actions confirm the Gospel message and personify the nature and character of God and His Kingdom.

The Apostle Paul wrote an incredible description of Jesus in Philippians 2:1-11.  He challenged the Philippian church to “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross…”  Philippians 2:5-8.  NKJV.

Jesus said of Himself in John 5:30, “I can of Myself do nothing.  As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who sent me.” NKJV.  In addition, Jesus spoke:  “But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me that the Father has sent Me.”  John 5:36, NKJV.  In this verse, Jesus was referring to John the Baptist, who baptized Him and heard the voice of God confirm Jesus as His son.  See John 1:29-34.

When we compare ourselves to other people, we will conclude that we are greater than some and probably inferior to others.  Our comparison will then be flawed, because we have chosen a worldly image as the basis of our assessment.  By using worldly standards to compare, we will find ourselves somewhere in the middle between those who are indifferent toward God and those who are truly abiding in Him.  The middle area is the comfort zone.  It is neither cold nor hot.  Mediocrity is a dangerous mindset because those are the lukewarm Christians Jesus addressed in Revelation 3:15-17.  “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked–.”

Those who become content with who they are will lose their edge.  They quit trying to be more, they coast along thinking they have attained all there is and fail to realize there is so much more to discover including living a life in Christ Jesus.  The lukewarm leave the “heavy” work up to others, and form assumptions upon other’s experiences rather than seeking God for their own.  They trust others to teach the proper “doctrines” of the Kingdom without investing their time in researching the Word for themselves.  We were charged to “judge” the prophets, not by our own reasoning, but comparing their message to the Word of God.  Knowing the Word of God is a powerful litmus test we must apply to “doctrines” and interpretations man might develop and declare as the word of the Lord.  If we are “Biblically” illiterate, we will not have one of our most important tools of discernment.

Praying a prayer to be saved was not the end of our journey, it was just the beginning!  Being born again is not our final goal, KNOWING and INTIMATELY loving God is!  Our lifetime pursuit must be that of becoming one with Christ by conforming to His image, not the image of others or what we think is the ideal Christian example.  When we compare ourselves to others, we become judges of them and of ourselves because we judge by our natural eyesight rather than knowing the intent of their hearts.  We then position ourselves to be judged by God, “Judge not that you be not judged” Matthew 7:1, NKJV.  Jesus is not only our best example to follow, He is our only true example of God.  As we approach the end times, intimacy with God will be our only protection from deception because the Word of God may no longer be accessible.

Comparing ourselves to Jesus’ example will not cause us to become depressed, hopeless or discouraged; it will actually cause us to become encouraged, hopeful and excited!  Continually surrendering our hearts to the Lord’s will bring fulfillment and amazement as we see the fruit of being conformed and then transformed into His image.   Through that process, our eyes will turn their focus from ourselves to solely focus upon Him.

Before the end of the age, the sons of God will be revealed.  Our transformation will not occur by osmosis, it will come from being in God’s transformation boot camp.  It is not for the faint of heart nor the lazy because those are lukewarm traits.  It will be for those who have a zeal for God and crave to fulfill their purpose in the Kingdom.  We will not find our purpose by looking toward the things of the world.  Our purpose can only be found in Him.  His is the only image we need to imitate.

Let Me See by Larry W Peebles

Let Me See   by   Larry W Peebles   June 3, 2016     16.20

 

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“Let me see” or “Can I see?” is something a child would ask their parent as a natural reflection of their interest in what Dad or Mom is doing—what’s going on.  The question typically comes with a crowding movement on the part of the child, taking a position right in the middle of what is happening so they don’t miss anything.  Then the child’s hands, arms or head attempt to “help” the situation, often resulting in a mistake or having to start over.  Although the project may now take a bit longer to complete, with a bit of patience and information sharing, the child will be satisfied with the learning experience.  Fortunately, the child is open to learning, and instinctively knows that a lot of what will be learned comes from imitating what he or she sees being demonstrated by the parent.  With love and trust as the relational foundation, the child is both comfortable and dependent upon the parent’s training in order to live.

I believe our relationship with our Heavenly Father would be no different.  Why would we not be interested in crawling up in His lap, crowding in to see what He is doing or to hear what He is saying?  How else would we learn?  Even if we put our hands on what He is doing and make a mess, does He not have the patience to instruct, correct and send us on our way better educated?  Our life on this earth, and through eternity, hangs on His every word of instruction, correction, and direction.

Jesus set the example.  According to Luke Chapter 2, Jesus, at age 12, accompanied his parents to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover.  After the feast was over, his parents were surprised to find Jesus stayed behind in the temple while his parents started back home.  He sat among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.  Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.  His parents were astonished when they found him after three days of anxious searching, and asked for an explanation of his behavior.  Jesus replied (v. 49) “Why were you searching for me?  Didn’t you know that I had to be in my Father’s house?”  The King James version says “…I had to be about my Father’s business?”  He had only love and respect for His earthly parents, for He certainly had a lot to learn from them.  But He also had to learn more about what His Heavenly Father was doing if He was to accomplish His eternal purpose here on the earth.  Verse 52 says “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”  He grew so close to His Father’s business that He was able to say of Himself that He only did what He saw His father doing (John 5:19), and He only said what the father told Him to say (John 12:49, 50).

As our relationship with the Lord grows over time, and we develop friendship with Him, and become true sons of God, we want to become more like Him.  We want Him to take over.  Our lives have no eternal meaning apart from Him, so we ask that His character develop in us, and that His good plan for our lives manifest.  We give our lives to the King.  Out of our love and trust for Him, we make a conscious decision to allow His Holy Spirit to take over and work in us to produce the fruit described in Galatians 5:22, 23- “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  That passage goes on to say that if we belong to Jesus, we will crucify our own sinful nature and live by the Spirit.

How do we learn these character traits from God?  We must ask, crowd in, get in the middle of what He is doing, and expect the lessons to begin. Notice the approach here is that these are things we need to learn.  We are not asking God to teach someone else these things. If we need to learn love and kindness, we should expect some unlovable and unkind people in our path.  If we need to learn peace and patience, some trying situations will most likely come our way.  As we said above, learning can be messy.  God knows how to teach us the things we need to know and ask for.  He knows how to correct the mess we might make while learning.  The older I get, the more I am convinced I have learned much more from the messes and mistakes I made than I ever learned from doing something right the first time.  I learned more from doing things that were difficult than I did from doing things that were easy.  I have heard it said that if someone is thinking of something easy they can do for God, it is probably not God asking them to do it.

How do we let His plan for our lives unfold so that we do not miss our eternal purpose?  First of all, we know from Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  We can trust that the Lord’s plan for our lives is bigger and better than our own plan for our lives, and that His plan is for good.  When we pray “thy kingdom come, thy will be done” (as he taught us to pray in Matthew 6:10), we must include ourselves.  We ask that His plan, His rule, His reign take over in our lives, and we put our own selfish plans aside.  We ask that he direct our steps, and show us His path for us.  Psalm 37 is full of encouragement for the person who submits his life to the Lord.  Verses 23 and 24 say (KJV) “The steps of a good [righteous] man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”  [Insert mine].  When it is our intent to have the Lord direct our lives, he covers our missteps and mistakes, but we learn by doing.

If we call Jesus “Lord”, we want to do what He would have us do, and say what He would have us say.  We ask Him to teach us, and we learn from Him, even if we make mistakes along the way.  There is no deadline, no formula, and no written exam.  My wife likes to say the tests are open book—consult the Word of God.  There are many benefits of a life lived for Him, and so very close to Him.  We begin to take on His character, and see and feel things the way He does.

One of my favorite stories that make this point comes from 2 Kings 6:8-18.  Elisha and his servant found themselves surrounded by the army of the King of Aram.  Fearing the outcome, the servant panicked and wondered aloud what they should do.  Elisha, out of his close relationship and trust in God, saw something the servant did not see.  Verse 16 says “Don’t be afraid’, the prophet answered.  ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  Elisha prayed and the Lord opened the eyes of his servant so he could see “the hills full of horses and chariots of fire [from God] all around Elisha.”  [Insert mine].  The problem was not that there was no help for Elisha and his servant.  The problem was that the servant could not see the help sent by God.

Do we love the Lord enough to show interest in what He is doing?  Will we crawl into His lap and say “let me see”?  Will we pray that He teach us His business? My prayer is that I do not miss His eternal purpose.  The closer I get to Him, the more I learn.  The more I learn of Him, the more I grow to be like Him.  His character and His plan for my life is what I want.