In Adult Sunday School yesterday, there was a question of clarification about part of Sunday’s message…
“What we HAVE KNOWN…
we WILL KNOW of Him.”
That is actually part of a quote from Eugene Peterson’s – A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (pg.99).
God is our redeemer. That means He takes us as we are…with all the messiness & ugliness of sin that is rotting us at our core, and He “re-deems” (deem – to form or have an opinion; judge; think) us as His children, worthy of His inheritance. He has to “re-deem” because when He knit us together in our mother’s womb, He “deemed” us. Now, after we have been born and sin has entered and become a major part of our lives, we must be “re-deemed.”
In that process of redemption, He also restores our joy
When we look back upon the details of our lives and really pay attention to all the ups and downs, looking for how God has been involved we cannot help but notice a pattern.
In the movie “Signs”, Mel Gibson’s character says,
What you have to ask yourself is…What kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs? That sees miracles? Or, do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way…Is it possible that there are no coincidences?
Often, we look back at our lives and only see/remember isolated events.
Some good. Some bad.
Mostly disconnected from each other.
We must look back purposefully…as if our lives are NOT just isolated, random highs and lows all disjointed and disconnected from each other. When we look at our lives as a whole, looking for interconnections, patterns, and purpose, we begin to see differently.
If I look for interconnections, patterns, and purpose,
I will see the hand of a loving God interwoven through it all.
I will see how, miraculously (not “coincidentally”), a person appears in my life at a critical moment…or I will see a critical event occurred in my life at the perfect time to re-direct me from a wrong path. We will see the hands of a loving God at work re-deeming our choices or the actions of others that are causing us harm.
We also have the wonderful opportunity to learn from the lives of others. The Bible is full of personal stories of God’s redeeming work of in the lives of people. There are countless other books with similar stories. People all around us every day are in the middle of their own redemption story.
So, getting back to the original question…What does it mean when we say, “What we HAVE KNOWN of Him, we WILL KNOW of Him”?
When we pay attention and look for His hand, His heart, and His work throughout history, we will see a God who is ACTIVELY at work in the lives of people and as He promises (Deut. 31:6), He will NEVER leave us or forsake us!
Because we know He HAS WORKED and redeemed in the past…we WILL KNOW that He continues the same now and forevermore because He promised to NEVER leave or forsake His people. It is also important to note that WE ALL are His people!
What you have to ask yourself is…What kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs? That sees miracles? Or, do you believe that people just get lucky?
Where you look is where you land.
If you look for coincidence, you’ll find coincidence.
If you look for patterns, purpose, and meaning,
you’ll find the One at work in the midst of it all.