Thursday, May 21, 2020
What do we Know?
Jesus spoke earth shaking words to the woman at the well in Samaria:
"If thou knewest the gift of God,
and Who it is that saith ...
thou wouldst have asked of Him" (Jn. 4.10)
Three simple things:
and the Response.
And all are dependent on the knowing ... "if thou knewest."
They are words which shake me today,
and render my life naked before God.
How much do I really know of that which God gives?
How much do I really have of that which God gives?
Beyond all the trappings of conventional Christianity,
and beyond the religious explanations,
beyond my plans and human based endeavors,
how much of that within me is gifted by God?
If Life is to know Him,
then life is measured by the amount of my knowledge of Him.
And the question is how much do I possess of Life?
Does my knowledge come from what is Revealed to me?
Do our churches operate through Light within,
or do they follow the forms of the world's presentation.
Is it too hard to break with this world's structures of expression,
its musical forms,
its stage and light effects?
At the end of the day we do well to remember the words, "If thou knewest,"
-and measure ourselves by this word.
So also at all of the endings in life...
at the end of our prayer and our worship,
at the end of a hymn, of a meeting,
at the end of our reading of the Scriptures,
do we know the reality of it all?
If we really know the Gift there will be things we do,
and also things we cannot do.
The things we do will be in harmony with the Spirit of the Giver,
and all that is not in harmony will be cast aside.
God is infinite - there is always more to know of Him.
Paul writes after many years of service, "that I may know Him." (Phil 3.10)
The Psalmist expresses, "deep calleth unto deep." (Ps. 42.7)
I don't know how much each of us knows - but the Call of God's depths is eternal.
Isaiah speaks of the requirement (44.3)
"I will pour water on him that is thirsty."
Let us come with thirst, and look to God alone,
for the Gift which He alone can bestow.
Here is Life, abundant and eternal.