That Good Doctor, part thirty-three

There are so many levels that the Bible can speak to you on. I think one of my favorite things about studying the Bible is the anticipation I feel when I open it. Is God going to show me something brand new? Is He going to confirm something I’ve been feeling/thinking about? Is He going to make me feel extra loved and cared for? There are just so many avenues on which He speaks through His word. I felt extra blessed today because He took an avenue of speaking that I wasn’t expecting. Let’s look at the verse.

Luke 10:23  Then when they were alone, he turned to the disciples and said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen.

Today, God spoke to me by reminding me of all of the amazing things He’s done in my life over the past three years. It’s difficult for me to even put into words the way that my heart jumped as I read this verse, it was like a flood of love and thankfulness came over me as I recalled this list of miracles and healings and moments of great favor that I’ve had with God since I made Him my lord in 2015.

If you continue reading that verse in Luke, Jesus completes the thought that he begins in verse 23. Here they are together.

Luke 10:23-24 Then when they were alone, he turned to the disciples and said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. 24 I tell you, many prophets and kings longed to see what you see, but they didn’t see it. And they longed to hear what you hear, but they didn’t hear it.”

Jesus was talking to his disciples who had a unique opportunity among all of mankind to walk so closely and with him and be witnesses to all that he did. But when compared to other people, we too are highly privileged when it comes to our access to God. Moses had to climb a mountain to speak to God, I can do it while I’m in the drive-thru of Taco Bell. We have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, we are never separated from the presence of our Lord. We’ve got it even better than the disciples did.

But what spoke to me in this verse isn’t so much about our access or proximity to God, it’s about remembering to be thankful for the moves of God that we have witnessed. Too often we get hung up on the things we’re waiting and hoping to see God do. We’re so future-minded and focused on the blessings and miracles that we yet want/need that we don’t properly appreciate the things that He’s already done in our lives. There is a dangerous precedent in the Bible for people that forget what God has done for them. These particular people ended up wandering around the wilderness for forty years instead of heading straight into the promised land that God wanted to give them. All because they so quickly forgot the hell of slavery that He rescued them out of using world shaking miracles. They got caught up in the inconveniences of today and forgot the miracle overcomings of yesterday.

Everyone’s experience with God is the same in the broad sense, but it’s different when you zoom in closer. The things I’ve gone through and the ways that God has moved mightily in my life aren’t the same as the way that God has moved in my brother’s life. That’s no indication of a differing level of love or favor, but it is an indication that we should cherish and remember our personal experiences with God. Blessed are the eyes that see what you have seen. I’ve seen a hospital bed where it wasn’t clear if I was ever going to be able to have regular mobility again and I’ve also seen the top of a mountain that I hiked up later that same year. I’ve seen dutiful family members coming to pick me up because I didn’t have a car and I’ve also seen the interior of the vehicle that God moved some fellow believers to give me free of charge. I’ve seen the back of the church where I would hide in the shadows because I was so overcome with anxiety that I couldn’t bear to be seen by anyone and I’ve also seen that same church from the pulpit as I delivered a sermon. I am so thankful for this verse in Luke today that reminds me of the value of these experiences I’ve had with God.

You know, when you really get your mind set on remembering all of the things that God has done in your life, something really beautiful happens. True contentment overcomes your heart. I don’t mind tough times and I don’t mind lean times because I’ve got a treasury in my heart stuffed so full of all the beautiful moves of God I’ve experienced. On the worst day I will ever have, the equation of good versus bad in my life will still be so ridiculously and overwhelmingly tilted toward good that it’s not even close. Not by a long shot. Those of us who know God and truly follow Him could be stripped of all we have. Health, wealth, possessions, friends, and we’d still be the richest people on the planet. Because you cannot take away Jesus, and you cannot take away all of the amazing things He’s done in our lives or the promise of all the amazing things yet to come.

Take a moment today to just meditate on what God’s done in your life. Look at where you once were compared to where you are now. Look at how far out of the darkness He’s brought you. We all still have a ways to go, we’re not all the way there yet, but my goodness, we are miles and miles from where we started. Let your heart be filled with love and contentment as you rest in all that He’s brought you through so far. Blessed are the eyes that have seen what you’ve seen.
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I love all of you very much. I hope you’re all having a wonderful week and that the coming weekend is a nice and relaxing one for you.

If you’d like prayer for anything or just need to talk, please feel free to email me at freejenkins@gmail.com

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