GOOD NEWS ABOUT KNOWING GOD
John 7:11-17 Now at the Feast the Jews were watching for him and asking, “Where is that man?” Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, “He is a good man.” Others replied, “No, he deceives the people.” But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the Jews. Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. The Jews were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having studied?” Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
PERCEPTION // What I see/hear God saying/doing:
Jesus, Your wisdom came to You from Your Father, because He had sent You, and because You were always willing to do His will. I believe that, likewise, I will receive tangible wisdom from You (You who have sent me!) if I am always willing to do Your will.
PLAN // What I am going to do about it:
In order to see if I am in fact living with such a surrendered attitude, for the next month, each night as I crawl into bed, I will conduct a “Daily Examen”—prayerfully reviewing in my mind’s eye all the events of the day, looking for places where I submitted to You and places where I resisted You (to the best of my knowledge). Where I detect any resistance, I will say a short prayer of repentance and recommit to the fully surrendered life.
PRAYER // Seal the deal:
Search me, O God! Examine my heart and see if there be any stubborn way in me, and lead me, please, in the Your good and long-lasting ways so that I might be filled with Your wisdom!