I was having breakfast with a friend a few weeks ago, and he asked me “what do you need?” His question caught me off guard. Living in an affluent society, with everything going well, there isn’t much that I need right now. I named a few trivial things that would make life more convenient. I am sure that if health, or finances, or shelter or relationships were a burning issue, I would have said that I needed those issues resolved. Our conversation moved on to other topics, but his question remained in the back of my mind.
Having thought about this some more, I believe what I need, is something that we all need.
We need to see God at home in the ordinary, everyday moments of our life. We need God to infuse these moments with His grace. Only when we listen to God will we hear his invitation to put our hope in the Lord, not ourselves or our works. When have a clear vision of God at the center of the universe orchestrating the minutest details perfectly, we are set free from controlling or manipulating. Fortunately a clear vision of God is easy to find, for God has taken the initiative to reveal himself.
Too begin to comprehend who God is spend time studying the Bible. Become familiar with the myriad images of God, and the diverse ways God works that are revealed throughout Scripture. As we walk through the various stages of our life new truths will leap off the pages of Scripture and speak to our changing circumstances.
Taste and see that the Lord is Good (Ps 34:8 NLT)
Aha moments will come as we are able to correlate stories and pictures of God between different passages. The Apostle John, having lived a life saturated in God’s word describes vivid images of God in Revelation that one can only start to comprehend by relating them to other passage in Scripture where those images are more fully developed.
Beyond a vision of God, more than an academic understanding of God, we need to experience God. Not an emotional experience, but a spiritual experience between our soul and God’s Spirit. This requires faith. Faith is a gift that God freely gives to those who ask for it. Faith in God gives an eternal perspective to our lives, to our career, and what is happening in our workplace. Faith in God may not change our circumstances. Faith in God does allow God to transform us into his likeness.
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy (PS 34:5 NLT)
All that we need is God, the Alpha and the Omega; who is, who was and who is to come, the Almighty (Rev 1:8). God is sufficient for everything that you or I need today.
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come (Rev 1:4)
When the apostle John, was exiled to the Island of Patmos because of the word of God, God did not offer him platitudes, or explanations. God reveals himself to John in all his glory. God desired that John’s mind would be saturated with thoughts of God, not dwelling on his circumstances. God wanted John to be blown away by his concept of God, not by what he could or couldn’t see. God gave John the opportunity to live by faith not by works, with hope not despair, filled with love not hatred.
In the midst of life God reveals himself to you so that you can understand the real forces at work in this world. God’s revelation helps you see that history is not just a haphazard sequence of unrelated events but a divinely orchestrated mysterious masterpiece.
God, the Alpha and Omega, who is complete in himself, has revealed all that he has intended for you to know. And that is more than sufficient. God is an infinity that you will never be able to fully explore or comprehend during our finite lives.
God desires that you move away from an intellectual, rational understanding of life, to a fresh, intimate, rich, imaginative relational experience with the Creator. Hear with your mind and emotions what God is saying to you.
Treasure the stabilizing center of peace and grace for your life that the God who is, who was and who is to come offers you. Embrace the love and freedom from your sins that Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of this earth offers you by his blood.
You have freedom from what can’t be explained so that you can contemplate and adore God. To him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.