Day 35 – VisitationMarch 4, 2011
Dear Devoted Follower,
Job communicated his gratitude toward God for His loving kindness, but what he was most grateful for was the visitation of God in his life. He understood that it was His presence that preserved Him in the midst of his trial.
You and I were created to thrive and no just exist. We can only thrive in His presence. We have been blessed with life and loving kindness, but we thrive when His presence is in our life because we were created to be a people of His presence.
12 Thou hast granted me life and loving kindness; And thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.
Job 10:12 (ASV)
Luke tells us of a man who heard about Jesus and something on the inside of him ignited, so much so, that he would climb a tree to get a glimpse. This man hadn’t yet tasted of the loving kindness that Jesus could bring, but something in him knew that Jesus was the key to longing in his heart that things and money was not filling.
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house. 6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
Luke 19:3-6 (KJV)
He was a man in pursuit; and Jesus could feel the draw from a hungry person. He got Jesus’ attention and Jesus always responds to our hunger and thirst for Him. He told Zacchaeus, to come down for today, He was going to his house and the joy it brought to a man.
Are you hungry and thirsty enough to go to great lengths to get a glimpse of the one who can fill the void? King David was, and his hunger and thirst caused him to look for God where He could be found.
1 O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
Psalms 63:1-2 (NRSV)
It doesn’t matter if you are a tax collector or a King, if you seek Him, He will allow Himself to be found by you. He is hungry to be in relationship with you. He longs to be loved and desired as He loves and desires us.
17 I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
Proverbs 8:17 (NKJV)
When Jesus’ mission on the earth was accomplished at the Cross, he ascended to the right hand of the Father. He made a way so that we could experience His loving kindness through the mercy and grace of the Blood that He shed, but He did all of that so that He could abide and live with us. It was so much the ultimate purpose that He gave us a promise so that we would not lose sight of His thirst for us.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever…
John 14:16 (KJV)
The tax collector and the King were so hungry that they pursued Him with fervor. The King of Kings and the Lord of All so desired us that He gave His life for us and then gave us another Comforter to abide with us as a reminder that we will forever live in His presence.
I pray that your hunger for Him will know no bounds and your pursuit for Him will cause you to come outside the comfort of what is safe and ordinary and diligently seek Him. My prayer is that you begin to thrive in His presence. He has given you the promise of the Holy Spirit; don’t let another day go by that you are living outside of His presence that was promised to you.
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