Ezekiel 39:29 “I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
Only those who are seeking God know what a wonderful promise this is. Much of the world doesn’t particularly want to see God’s face! Like the Israelites at Mt. Sinai, they would rather deal with God at some sort of remove. However, God isn’t satisfied with that, and after all, His opinion is what counts! Every human being knows the truth of God and sees Him after death, so the question is whether they will see Him as the heavenly Father they have known and loved or as the divine Judge who is calling them to account for all their sins against Him. Put that way the choice is obvious, but people are remarkably stubborn in their self-centered rebellion. That’s why God allows all sorts of things into our lives to try to get our attention and show us how much we need a right relationship with Him. God doesn’t pick on anyone, but our eternal destiny is far more important than our temporal comfort. As God said so clearly through Isaiah, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7) When we do that, seeing God’s face and receiving His Spirit is “joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8 KJV)
I have known of God all my life, but my seeking Him has certainly had its ups and downs. I have tended to mistake head knowledge for heart intimacy, when they are actually very different. It’s not bad to have head knowledge, but it won’t get you to where you need to be with God. I am learning that seeking God is indeed a lifelong endeavor. It’s no accident that Paul was actually close to the end of his life when he wrote, “One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14) I need to keep “straining towards what is ahead” and “pressing on towards the goal,” which is total intimacy with my Lord before His throne. The devil uses all sorts of things to distract me and steal my joy, but the antidote is always to keep pressing in for more of God.
Father, thank You for this Word. It’s exactly what I needed, when I woke up in a funk with all sorts of things running through my head. Help me indeed focus fully and sharply on You, trusting You with everything and not listening to the lies of the devil. As Cathy reminded me this morning, You have told me to rest, relax, and rejoice. Help me do that indeed, in the hollow of Your hand, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!