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Father, show me the Father…

I have asked the Lord to show Himself to me only to sit there…

…waiting….

                   ….and waiting….

I was just like Philip.

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? *(John 14:8-9)

Sometimes it’s hard to see the Lord in our circumstances and we think that we need a miracle or the cup we are drinking from has got to be a mistake (I wrote on that the other day, refer to it here if you would like!) or even that the Lord has abandoned us. We almost get greedy asking the Lord to show Himself to us when He already has and we are just too blind to see it or just too stubborn to want to admit it. The Lord has shown Himself to us! We will not always have a scrolling marquis telling us exactly what to do, we won’t have someone walk right up to us and say, “The Lord wanted me to tell you this…”. Sometimes He just softly speaks to our hearts in the middle of our time with Him, but if we are not meeting with Him regularly how can we expect to hear Him if our minds are so cluttered and loud?

Take time to meet with Him. It will do you far more good than you know and it will give you time to hear His still small voice whisper to your soul and tell you, “Don’t you know me, Brad, even after I have been among you such a long time?”

The cup only YOU can drink from…

I was reading Matthew 26 today (while listening to Gungor’s I Am Mountain, check it, it’s awesome) and something occurred to me that I never thought of before. Read this real quick…

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

Did you see it? I never have until now and I’ve heard this passage so, so many times. The Lord gave Christ a cup only HE could drink from-taking our sins away. How many times have we found ourselves in a situation that seems absolutely terrible and exhausting and we ask the Lord to fix it, to take it away, to end it, to make it better, etc? I know I have done that more times than I can count. It occurred to me today that maybe that cup we are drinking from is a cup only WE can drink from. There is a reason it is US drinking from it! Maybe we are the only one who can handle it. Maybe we are the only one that sees the situation the way we see it. Maybe others see it as a wonderful and incredible situation. Maybe they don’t even define it as a situation at all. I wonder why Christ asked for the cup to pass anyways. Maybe He knew the weight all our sin would cause. I’m sure He did. Maybe He was just scared? Maybe He knew all the physical pain He would go through? Regardless, He still asked.

If our Savior felt something was unpleasant enough to ask His Father to take it from Him, don’t you think our Father knows we will ask the same thing? It is in that moment we will realize we are drinking from that cup because we are the only ones that can. We are drinking from that cup because we need to. We need to go through that flood and that battle and feel that pain more than we need to go on unscathed and untouched. That cup is what will take us to being who our Father meant for us to be. Christ drank from a cup that fulfilled His purpose. We know this though, we will not drink that cup alone. Just as He was with Moses, so He will be with us. He will not leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1:5). We know that we can do all this through Him who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). We know that He know the plans He has for us. Plans to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). So with that, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted (Hebrews 12:1-3).

I hope this encourages you as you may find yourself drinking from a cup that seems to have the worst kind of unlimited refills. Take heart, for He has overcome the world (John 16:33).

Take. Heart.

A game of telephone perhaps?

Read Exodus 20 and pay attention to verse 19. Then read this.

We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God— we simply don’t listen to Him. God has given His commands to us, but we pay no attention to them— not because of willful disobedience, but because we do not truly love and respect Him. “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Once we realize we have constantly been showing disrespect to God, we will be filled with shame and humiliation for ignoring Him.

“You speak with us, … but let not God speak with us … .” We show how little love we have for God by preferring to listen to His servants rather than to Him. We like to listen to personal testimonies, but we don’t want God Himself to speak to us. Why are we so terrified for God to speak to us? It is because we know that when God speaks we must either do what He asks or tell Him we will not obey. But if it is simply one of God’s servants speaking to us, we feel obedience is optional, not imperative. We respond by saying, “Well, that’s only your own idea, even though I don’t deny that what you said is probably God’s truth.”

Am I constantly humiliating God by ignoring Him, while He lovingly continues to treat me as His child? Once I finally do hear Him, the humiliation I have heaped on Him returns to me. My response then becomes, “Lord, why was I so insensitive and obstinate?” This is always the result once we hear God. But our real delight in finally hearing Him is tempered with the shame we feel for having taken so long to do so.

-Oswald Chambers

Now tell me this doesn’t happen just the same today. I know there are times when I find myself not reading and listening directly to the Lord. I never really thought about why that is until I read this today and how true it is. For me at least. Why would I not want to go straight to the Author and source of life itself instead of hearing and learning second-hand? Lord, help my unbelief. Woe is me. For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips (Isaiah 6:5). What do you think?

Through the history of God’s work you will usually find that He has started with the obscure, the unknown, the ignored, but those who have been steadfastly true to Jesus Christ. By Oswald.

“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”


― C.S. Lewis

lavish [ˈlævɪʃ]

adj
1. prolific, abundant, or profuse
2. generous; unstinting; liberal
vb
(tr) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion
[adj use of lavas profusion, from Old French lavasse torrent, from Latin lavāre to wash]

 

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”

-1 John 3:1