Friday, November 2, 2012

To See His Face

Believe Me that I am in the Father.
Put your trust in Me.
Ask me, and I will do whatever you ask
so the shining-greatness of the Father 
may be seen in the Son.
If you love Me, you will do what I say.
John 14:11-15

Jesus just asked His disciples to 
believe Him and put their trust in Him.
He told them to ask Him anything 
and He would do it so that 
He might bring glory to His Father.
Believe, trust, ask.

These seem easy to do in the theoretical
and intensely challenging in the practical.
Sitting before Him in the quiet of the morning,
it all seems beautifully simple.
But simple can disappear quickly
when sorrow, disappointment, sickness
or any of life’s challenges rise with us.
It is still the same as in the quiet moments:
Believe, trust and ask.
Do what I tell you.
My personal life may be crowded with
small, petty happenings, altogether insignificant.
But if I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random 
circumstances of life, they become pinholes 
through which I see the face of God.
Then, when I stand face to face with God,
I will discover that through my obedience
thousands were blessed.
My Utmost for His Highest

Today, Lord, I ask that my faith 
would rise with me to meet this day.
You have something
incomprehensible to give me--
an opportunity to look on the face
of the One that I love.
To stand in Your presence.
And trust You for everything.
If I simply obey You today in these things,
perhaps the shining-greatness of Who You are
can be seen in this earthen vessel.
And You would get much glory
from this life that is nothing
without You.


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