KNOWING GOD BY EXPERIENCE

My weekly Bible studies with a student at CCH brought me to a familiar but timely passage of Scripture.  Genesis 22 tells the story of God leading Abraham to a new understanding of the nature of who God would be to his servant.  Revelations must always be initiated by God. They begin with Him and they reveal about Him what is lacking in our knowledge and what is necessary for our growing faith.  Abraham knew many things about God already, but he needed to add to his faith the understanding that: 

(1) Obedience to God was more important than even the son of God’s promise.

(2) That obedience always opens the door to God’s greatest gifts.

(3) That God always provides for what is needed and the lesson that how and when he provides is seldom known beforehand and always at the exact time.

(4) When God’s revelation is complete and we know him by a new name, it changes our relationship with him forever.  

In the chaos of our present, perhaps we can borrow from Abraham’s experience.   If we look closely at the work of God around us and in us and through us, we might find that we are seeing him more clearly than before everything abruptly changed.  Like Abraham who probably appreciated Isaac more as they walked down the mountain than he did on the way up. It seems likely to me that the God who is walking with us through the pandemic. Will be known and followed more closely than before and that the gaze of our eyes will now look more toward Him and less in the direction of ourselves or the things of this world.  In the end we will come to realize we always were frail and dependent upon Him, but we were being falsely propped up by an illusion that necessarily had to be removed.  

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus 
by: Helen Lemmel 1922
 

O soul, are you weary and troubled?

No light in the darkness you see?

There’s light for a look at the Savior,

And life more abundant and free!

 

Through death into life everlasting

He passed, and we follow Him there;

Over us sin no more hath dominion—

For more than conquerors are we.

 

His word shall not fail you—He promised;

Believe Him, and all will be well:

Then go to a world that is dying,

His perfect salvation to tell.

 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.

 
 
Blog post by Lance Tamerius – CCH Director