May 2024

Learn of Him

I held the Bible open in my hands and looked at the faces of the children gathered around the table in the Sunday School room. These 4th and 5th grade students are a delightful mix of extroverts and introverts, and I’m always charmed at their love and care for one another and how they interact. Today we were talking about God’s long story, how we are in the middle of it, and how we can get to know Him by paying attention to how He relates to His people.

The Bible tells us a great deal about some of the people in His story, but it tells us even more about God Himself. When we approach His word to find Him, to seek out knowledge of His character and His nature, we find an unchanging, ever faithful, redemptive God who is entirely dependable and often intriguingly unpredictable.

He doesn’t need us, but He does want us. He is all powerful and also meek and lowly. He is both gentle and fierce. He is majestic and humble. Who can know Him? And yet, He wants to be known. He says we are to draw near to Him (Hebrews 4:16); we are to seek Him while He may be found (Isaiah 55:6).

We are privileged to have the opportunity to be part of the lives of these children, working alongside their parents to nurture them in the admonition of the Lord and to watch them come alive unto God. I find my own passion enlivened by their seeking and their journey. As they are learning of Him, I am learning, too. In this way, we are formed by our relationships, with Him and with each other, being fitted together as living stones (1 Peter 2:5).

Dear One, what relationships are forming you? In whose formation might you also be participating? Wherever you are God has placed you there. Watch and see how He is revealing Himself both to you and through you.

Until next week, beloved, rest in Him and be changed.

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