What would the coming year bring if we looked more deeply at His resolve? What might unfold before us if we determined to place our faith in the Who rather than the what? What might we see if we were to truly fix our eyes on the Author and the Perfecter of our faith?
These are the same types of questions I was asking myself and sharing with you all when Glimpsed Glory posted for the very first time in 2013. Seeking hard after Him and letting Him determine the what of my life is still my greatest desire.
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you,
not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.
When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.
Yes, when you get serious about finding me
and want it more than anything else,
I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (The Message)
I believe Him when He tells me that He will make Himself known to me. I have no doubt that when I come to Him, looking for Him with eyes willing to see, that my heart will be filled with the Who of Him. It may not look exactly the way I picture it or transpire the way I imagine it, but God will be true to His promise and I will not be disappointed. How can it leave us feeling short changed when we come out of our circumstance with More of Him than we walked in with?
Yes Sweet One, the promise is for you. Take it personally. Your God has determined that you will find Him when you look. He is unwavering in His commitment to show His children lavish love, immeasurable grace, and endless mercies when they seek His Face. This is the God revealed in the Old Testament and the Messiah who walked in the New.
But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
Both sides of the Covenant line reveal a God who desires to be seen and to be known by His children . . .
Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand). Jeremiah 33:3
The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.] John 14:21
From the opening verse in Genesis to the announcement that will close out our chronos time in Revelation, God is revealing Himself – showing us the Who of Him– so that we will seek Him, perhaps feel our way toward Him and find Him.
God does not merely act faithfully – He is Faithful.
God does not simply love you – He is Love.
And the list could go on. This is the declaration of the Word of God to you Beloved. And the beauty of the Who of Him is that He will not change. He was, is, and will be Who He declares Himself to be.
Our God has gone to great lengths to draw us near– can your prayer, can my prayer, be anything less than to humbly ask Him to stir our souls with the enduring tenacity to seek hard after Him and bless us with an unsatisfied, discontented spirit when we do not?
Sister, this is the only hope for the transformation this time of year causes us to consider. Do we really believe that the desire for the “new thing”, for the more, for the unimaginable originates with us? Have we really convinced ourselves that the longing to change and be more than who we are today started with our own hearts? Have we forgotten that it is God who lifts the veil and it is He who is about the business of transforming us from one degree of glory to another?
Be transformed, renewed, and revived daily.
We may have usurped it, twisted it, and distorted it to serve our own purposes but being all about the “more” and the “new thing”, those are God’s specialties. He declares that those who believe in His Son and proclaim Him to be their Savior are a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come. The old woman is put to death and the daughter of the King lives –that ought to change us. We’ve been adopted by the King. We are not who we were and the who of us must begin to flow from the Who of Him.
“Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children and
— live in love,”(NET)
— “walk in the way of love,”(NIV)
–“walk in love.” (YLT)
just as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us,
a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.
No matter how you word it, it comes out the same – seek the Who and the what will follow. Look on Love and step where He steps. Watch the Who and do what He does. Eugene Peterson translates Ephesians 5:1-2 like this in the Message:
Watch what God does, and then you do it,
like children who learn proper behavior from their parents.
Mostly what God does is love you.
Keep company with him and learn a life of love.
Observe how Christ loved us.
His love was not cautious but extravagant.
He didn’t love in order to get something from us
but to give everything of himself to us.
Love like that.
Girlfriend, there’s the key. Keep company with God. Learn. Observe. Love. It’s the only way to be transformed and to have the change your heart is truly yearning for. Meet with the Messiah daily just as certainly as the disciples who walked beside Him did. Gaze upon the face of your Father so often that you begin to walk and talk just like your Dad.
Living it out, real time, real life won’t just happen. Purpose in your heart to make meeting with Him your priority.
- Pick a reading plan from BibleGateway.com and resolve to see it through.
- Get an accountability partner. Encourage, edify, and spur one another toward love and good deeds.
- Choose a devotional that speaks your heart language and have it sent to your e-mail.
- Write a memory verse on an index card and carry it with you.
- Download a Bible reading App to your phone.
I plan to “run into Him” throughout the day by setting my homepage to Bible Gateway so that every time I visit the internet the verse of the day is looking back at me. Keep company with Him Sweet One. Seek Him– He will not disappoint you.
Let’s immerse ourselves in the Who of Him so that the what of us may be changed. And perhaps, at the close of 2014, we will find that we have leaned in, learned from the Father, observed the Son, and begun to LOVE LIKE THAT.
Happy New Year Sisters – around the world!
May God bless you as you seek His Face.
The goal of The Message is to engage people in the reading process and help them understand what they read. This is not a study Bible, but rather “”a reading Bible.”” The verse numbers, which are not in the original documents, have been left out of the print version to facilitate easy and enjoyable reading. The original books of the Bible were not written in formal language. The Message tries to recapture the Word in the words we use today.