Experiencing God

January 6, 2019 (Luke 2:15)

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (NLT)

What would you do if you were visited by an extraterrestrial army?  That’s what happened to the shepherds.  These average guys going about their job were visited by the angelic army of heaven.  And what did they do?  They wanted to experience for themselves what they had been told about the newborn king.

We have been told many things about God…through sermons, conversations with others, even from our own reading of the Bible.  If we stop there, it would be like the shepherds saying, “Wow.  That was cool,” and going right back to tending the sheep.  Stop and think about some of the amazing things you have heard about God.  Wouldn’t you like to experience God as intimately as people in the Bible did?

Fortunately, we can, but just as with the shepherds, it will involve leaving and going somewhere.  I have to leave the busyness of my life in order for my spirit to hear from God.  I have to detach myself, if only for a few minutes, from the demands of life.  As Psalm 46:10 puts, I have to be still and know that He is God.  The question, then, is quite simple.  Are you interested enough in God to leave what you think is so important in order to seek Him?

Father, You promise that if I seek You with all my heart, I will find You.  That is what I want more than anything this year.  I want to draw closer to You.  I want more than to know about You.  I want to know You and to experience deep, abiding relationship with You.  Thank You, Jesus, for making that possible.  Help me to push aside the things that crowd my attention so that my heart may be fully open to You.  Amen.

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