How do we miss Him? (John 7)

Often times those of us who are Christians neglect or forget the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.  We wonder just how exactly He’s working in our lives.  It can be hard to recognize what’s us and what’s Him.  But that is only made worse by our neglecting Him.

What’s easy to recognize is that Jesus spoke of the Spirit as having a powerful and active presence in His people.  Notice here in John 7, Jesus doesn’t tell us that we will have a dripping faucet of the Holy Spirit.  He speaks of the Spirit as One that we “drink” and receive as “RIVERS of living water.”

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, `From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ “  But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

We certainly don’t want to assign our fallen actions to the living God.  But what a tragedy for Christians to not even pay attention to God within.  What a sad thing that we as people can think so highly of ourselves that we cannot even differentiate between ourselves and God.

He works mightily within His people.  Let’s make sure to give proper credit where credit is due.  If we come to Jesus, and if we abide in Him and love Him, we will learn to appreciate the Rivers of Living Water that flow within the Christian soul.

It should be easy to remember when rivers flow within oneself.

Beyond Our Imagination (John 6)

In John 6 we read that the disciples were rowing across the water at night when they saw Jesus walking towards them on the water.  And it frightened them.

It’s kinda like that with us and Jesus.  We get to doing something and then all of a sudden God shows Himself in a way that we’ve never seen Him before.  In a way we never thought possible.

Then we get scared.  We think “surely it can’t be Him.”  But God knows our fears, He knows our concerns.  He comforts us by assuring us that it is indeed Him working in our lives.  And then somehow we end up on the other side of the sea with the trouble behind us.

We should be careful not to wrongly attribute things to God.  But we also need to learn how to recognize when it is indeed God’s hand that’s sweeping through our lives.  We need to accept that there’s a lot more to God than we could ever know, that He is eternally capable of surprising us with new things about Himself. 

And when we recognize Him, if we have trusted our all in Him, we can know that we need not be afraid.

Praise Him for His greatness!