Have you ever received a letter, a card, a notice, an invitation (evite, Facebook invitations included), and you didn’t really take the time to read it right away? You knew you needed to read it. Needed to check out what it had to say. You even knew who sent it to you. But, you still just put it aside, over and over again. You just never got back to it, at least not until it was too late for the relevant information or invitation within the message to make any difference in your life. Maybe that letter, card or invitation got stuck between some pages in your overflowing mass of messages, and you just missed knowing it was ever even there for you. You hadn’t taken the time to sort the real messages from the junk messages carefully enough. And you missed something very important, something very special.
Years ago, I inadvertently recycled (after meticulously tearing it into bits and pieces) a fairly sizeable check. The message I thought was junk mail was actually a very kind and tangible gift for me that I had not expected. I hadn’t taken the time to look at it carefully enough to recognize it for what it truly was!
In the same way, we can so easily miss the messages from our God if we do not, will not, take the time to look, listen, acknowledge and receive all that our God offers to us through His Word and His Spirit. And we really do not want to miss those messages! They are life and love messages to us from the very heart of our Sovereign God. Through God’s revealed Word and by the power of God’s Spirit, we are given knowledge that is life-saving and life-transforming. Through God’s revealed Word and by the power of God’s Spirit, we receive the love, wisdom, encouragement, guidance, joy, peace and power to know, trust and follow the Living God!
We will never be able to fully know and understand our God on this side of heaven. But! All that God does reveal to us is ours forever! We need to receive it! We need to live it!
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. – Deuteronomy 29:29
The Lord of all creation even invites us frail, flawed and finite people into an intimate dialogue with Him so He may tell us things we could not possibly know without His holy revelation.
“This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it – the LORD is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ ” – Jeremiah 33:2-3
Our God has already revealed to us, and shared with us, His ultimate message: His Son Jesus laid down His life for us so that we could be reconciled fully to our Heavenly Father through the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life! This message, this knowledge, given and revealed by our Holy God holds divine power – offering us everything we need for life and godliness.
God’s divine power has given us everything we need for [life and godliness] a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. – 2 Peter 1:3
Let’s not miss the messages of God! Let’s listen! Let’s learn! Let’s be open to God’s revelation! Let’s know, trust and follow the Living God – living as God’s people with the divine power of God’s Word and God’s Spirit fully available to all of us, at all times!