Ozark Christian Living

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JESUS is No Jeanie

December 11

“I have heard of THEE by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth THEE.”   Job 42:5

“… that misperception of abandonment grows like mold on the walls of our catacomb”

 

 

 

 

When sin entered our race, Death’s clock began ticking, and we instantly moved from the realm of eternal liberty, to the shackles of time.  From that point, Adam to us, we have been the loyal and enslaved subjects of a master named: Pragmatism.   We are the offspring of Sight, and are thereby rightly characterized as: Shortsighted; able on a good day to touch the horizon, but only as far as our reach will allow.  “Behold, I go forward, but HE is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive HIM: on the left hand, where HE doth work, but I cannot behold HIM: HE hideth HIMSELF on the right hand, that I cannot see HIM” 

Few things in life exacerbate this myopia to the eternal like testing from GOD.  Trials tend to fertilize pride, and drive the roots of introspection down deep into the soil of self.  We flee to the cave of hardship, where it is an easy thing to convince ourselves the SON has set; and in the gloom of that faithlessness, we lose all perception.  There, that misperception of abandonment grows like mold on the walls of our catacomb; as we are driven deeper into its recesses.  In spite of our awareness of the intrinsic goodness of the LORD, we plead guilty as the Devil condemns us; and our flesh becomes our jailer; while a world at war with GOD and HIS, cheers on our despair.  

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of GOD.”  At the conception stage of our new life of faith, the audio portion of GOD’S gospel program sufficed to draw us to HIM.  “And he that seeth ME seeth him that sent ME.”  As we grow, and HE sovereignly allows the tests to come, and HE will, we like the fledgling, seek the visible assurance of just WHOM it is, WHO is kicking us out of the nest.  Thomas proves a revealing case study for most of us regarding this whole matter.  He listened to, lived with, and looked daily as JESUS preached, traveled, and healed; yet in the crucible of post resurrection, he earned the title: doubting Thomas.  In a previous scene with Thomas present, another disciple, Philip, was rebuked for asking JESUS to see GOD: “JESUS saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known ME, Philip? he that hath seen ME hath seen the FATHER; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the FATHER?”  Through the annals of Holy Writ, a few great heroes of the faith have both longed to and ultimately laid eyes on the LORD.  “And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, GOD called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”  From these preserved accounts, we can surmise that GOD is not angered by the one who wishes to see, but neither does HE obligate HIMSELF to the whim of men.  “… we shall see HIM as HE is.”  With the understanding that JESUS is no Jeanie, and is not to be approached with warm hands and 3-wishes disguised as a prayer list; we can yet all be assured that all shall see HIM sooner or later, some as SAVIOR, and others as JUDGE.

“Behold, HE cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see HIM, and they also which pierced HIM: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of HIM. Even so, Amen.”


For Love of Country
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
(Sailor and Discoverer)
"Our LORD JESUS desired to perform a very obvious miracle in the voyage to the Indies, to comfort me and the whole people of GOD.  I spent seven years in the royal court, discussing the matter with many persons of great reputation and wisdom in all the arts; and in the end concluded that it was all foolishness, so they gave it up."


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