God wants us to know Him as a father
I was driving back from my sabbath in the wilderness, having spent part of my day of rest in the Ochocos. Driving down Mill Creek, back towards Prineville, it sounded like I was driving on Rice Krispies. The "snap" and "pop" coming from my tires had me concerned until I slowed down and could see that I was popping tar bubbles. Cause and effect: Hot sun yields lots of bubbles on the pavement.
There's another cause and effect: Words, whether spoken or written, they open the door to knowing. God created us to know Him. "You never knew me," are words that I pray I never hear. Jesus speaks these words in Matthew 7 as a warning that Heaven's doors will be open only to those who "know" God. Do you?
Just as the hot sun creates tar bubbles on pavement, so exposure to words from Heaven cause a greater knowing of this God who loves me so. And to know Him is to love him.
My granddaughter, arguably the most beautiful six-week-old in the world, is very attracted to words. My daughter, Amber, relays the following story about her: Madelyn was lying on the queen-sized bed, Mommy on the right and Daddy on the left. Amber says a few words and Maddie cranes her neck to look at the source of the sound, then Daddy speaks, and she cranes her neck the other direction to see him. These are two voices that she became attached to as she grew in her mother's womb.
In similar fashion, God wants to be known by us.
One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is John 17. It's a conversation between Jesus and His Father in Heaven. I picture you and I reading it in much the same way that Madelyn took in the conversation between her parents. If you want to know God's heart for this world in intimate detail, just take a moment and read the 26 verses and get to know this God who's waiting to be known.
Genesis 1 tells of a grand story how galaxies, stars and even earth were created by the spoken word of the Almighty God. John 1:14 (ESV) tells us, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
When Christ came and walked the earth as you and I do, there was a knowing that happened. God became known by humanity on a level as never before.
If 2,000 years ago the Word became a human (Christ) and lived among us and if words from God's mouth are powerful enough to create planets, shouldn't I be listening regularly to Him? God's words have the power to create and they build a bridge to knowing Him.
Jesus said to His Father, "I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them." (John 17:26)
His words create knowing, and knowing leads to loving, and loving God with all our heart leads to life change that impacts not only us but the world around us.
Let's find time this week to give ear to God's life-giving and powerful words. Like baby Maddie was riveted on her mom and dad, let's look His way and listen.