Proverbs 12 7-12-19

Do you desire to know God? It’s simple, according to Jesus. Do you believe Jesus? He explained it to us.

15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1

He also said, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” John 14:21

There is a sequence here that merits bearing out:

  1. “Whoever has my commands”– We have His commands in our hearts as His Spirit speaks to us, and we have His commands in our hands, the Word of God (your Bible).
  2. “and keeps them”– Just reading or hearing His words is not enough. They must be applied to our lives and to our circumstances. That requires us knowing them well enough to recall them during an event, circumstance, situation, and opportunity. Libraries have used for years the saying, “People who know, read.” I propose that it’s the other way around, “People who read, know.” If we act upon what we know and learn from His Word, then we demonstrate to Jesus that we love Him enough to do what He says.
  3. “The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father”– Jesus made the connection between Himself and the Father very plain in verses 9-11. The delineation between Jesus and the Father is the body of Christ. They are separate, but ONE. We can’t explain it, but we can believe it. If we accept one, we get the other!
  4. “And I too will love them”– How does Jesus show love? Through service! He washed the disciples’ feet and then told them to love each other by doing what He did. He loves us by serving us. How? By providing everything we need in our moment of need; by walking with us throughout each day (and some pretty long nights); by enabling us to sense His presence; by giving us His peace and experiencing His joy; by providing mercy and grace; by giving us DIRECTION for and in our lives.
  5. “And show myself to them”– This is the BEST PART. Bartimaeus serves as our best illustration of our spiritual state. When given his sight, he SAW JESUS! We find his story in Mark 10:46.

46 Then they came to Jericho [on their way to Jerusalem for Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection]. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus…was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” [he had heard enough about Jesus to know what to ask].

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” [do we ignore the voices that tell us to stay away from Jesus? Let’s be insistent and proactive in seeking Jesus].

49 Jesus stopped and said “Call him.” [Jesus calls us to Himself everyday. How diligent are we in answering His call?] So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” [Is this our cry every morning? Do we come to Him asking to see?] 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” [his faith was believing that Jesus could and would heal him. Do we believe that Jesus can meet our needs today?] Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. 

We have received our spiritual sight from Jesus. We learned it from the Bible. We have been given a wonderful gift: the Word of God. Let’s read it, study it, ponder it, believe it, and do it! He is IN US and is wanting to SHOW HIMSELF TO US. Let’s not let this opportunity slip away.

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