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Wednesday. August 21, 2013

bigstock-Worship-to-God-Element-of-des-18657185-1[1]John 16:2-4

Knowing God

They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.  They will do this because they do not know either the Father or me.  I have told you this so that when the hour comes you may remember that I told you.   

Jesus explains the cost of discipleship to his followers; he warns that the price for their loyalty to him is high.  But with this risk also comes a security that no amount of money can purchase.  No walls, no alarm system, no weapons can guarantee.  He tells the faithful that although their constancy in following God may bring them rejection and pain . . . it also brings the peace the world seeks.

God says: So many of you ask what I am thinking and doing.  You only have to look at the actions of my Word to you, the Christ, to know.  You want to know how to find me.  I am with you even now.  You seek deep knowledge and understanding of my ways.  It is for this knowing that I prepare you.  It is for this intense relationship that I teach you.  If you want to fully see me and recognize my Way, watch my son and do as he does.  You must expect denunciation, mistreatment and even death because of me.  Those who beat you and deny your ways may believe that they reverence me by killing you.  They believe this because they do not rightly know me as you do. So do not be afraid.  When you know and understand my son you know and understand me.  Remember all that I have shown you. 

When we know God we also know that any persecution we suffer in God’s name is balanced by immeasurable joy.  When we follow God’s Way we live in a security that is unmatched by any human fortress.  When we live in God’s Word we come to know the peace that is promised for eternity.  This is the knowing of God that will carry us when the hour comes.

For an insightful reflection on the difference between familiarity and intimacy in knowing God, click on the image above or go to: http://www.lawrencewilson.com/knowing-god-the-difference-between-familiarity-and-intimacy/

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