The Knowledge of God; October 9, 2018

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

I love this whole chapter, but I had wondered what had triggered my including it in the series on God’s Provision, and this is it. I have underlined just about everything in this chapter, but in a sense all of it is referenced in this verse, because it it is all included in “the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” There is so much to know about God, and so much that is unknowable apart from His revelation. This verse is talking about that revelation in terms of light shining in, and that is so very apt. I think every believers has experienced situations when it seemed like God suddenly “turned on the lights” and things that had been invisible became obvious. One lady I baptized had seen a friend’s baptism, in which I had asked the candidate, “Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who died for you and was then raised from death?” (I always include that when I baptize.) The candidate had replied in the affirmative, and been baptized on the basis of that confession, but the lady who was watching thought, “How can she say she believes that?” After that lady had her own encounter with the Lord, receiving a direct and personal response to prayer, she abruptly realized that she had no doubt at all that Jesus was raised from death! God had shone His light into her heart. Sadly, I think there are many church members who are still in the dark. For any of a number of reasons they have gone through the motions, but their heart wasn’t in it and so Jesus isn’t in their heart. That’s tragic, because since they think they are Christians, they stop seeking (if they were ever really seeking in the first place). God’s promise to Jeremiah says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) We need to seek God and welcome the light of His revelation of Himself to our hearts.

As a pastor I desire an intimate relationship with God for each of those in my care, but I can’t have it for them. I can and do keep pressing in for more of Him myself, but all I can do for them is keep praying for them and speaking the truth in love, modeling what it looks like to walk with God and hoping they will seek to do likewise. By God’s grace I do speak messages that are filled with the light of the knowledge of God, but I can’t force anyone to receive it. It breaks my heart when people are stubbornly unreceptive, but that reminds me of how I’ve make God feel when I’ve refused His love as well. I’m to exercise with them the patience God has shown me, and trust the Holy Spirit to do His work. (John 16:8-11)

Father, thank You for this reminder. Thank You for those who are receptive, and for each time anyone does receive Your light. Help me never “dim the wattage,” much less burn out. Help me remember that any light that originates in me is no better than darkness, and so allow Your light to shine through me, for the blessing of many and for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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