Another glorious sunrise through the apple blossoms! I am so grateful for the changing seasons.
Yesterday, we discussed the difficult position of dealing with people that are fickle in who they give out respect, who, furthermore, are blind to our good qualities. Honestly, if born-again Christians have difficulty appreciating the worthiness of God (and we do), how much more difficult is it to respect imperfect humans. If we have trouble feeling God’s perfect love, how can we look beyond imperfections in people who will fall far, far short?
I don’t have the answer to that. What I do know is that I need to figure something out real soon because people need to feel my love. On the other hand, I need to feel love from others, something that seems to be in short supply these days. Yes, I understand all too well what my daughter is going through.
I’m an imperfect person delivering an imperfect message to deaf people who don’t want to hear it. I’m both sides of that coin. Sounds like this problem is way beyond my pay grade.
This sounds like a job for Jesus.
John 15:5, 7-8, 11 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
Isn’t this the situation Moses faced? Let’s look at something here.
Exodus 33:12-19 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”
And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you my name.” Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before your my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Father, that’s what I’m looking for. This is the perfect passage for me right now. I pray that you show me your glory. Amen.