Daily Office Readings for Thursday week of 4 Lent: Year 1
“They were saying, ‘Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven”?” (John6:42)
They think they know Jesus. They don’t. In fact, none of us knows anybody unless we know God first. They didn’t ask themselves “Is God being known in this person and if so what is God dong in this person we call Jesus?” They think if they know Jesus and his family, they are qualified to decide if God will work through him or not. So this is not judging Jesus, it’s judging God and what God will do and who God will use. To use an old Tennessee expression, “That dog don’t hunt.”
Once we realize that there really is a God, and that God can be anywhere, at any time, we must always ask ourselves the question, “Is what I’m experiencing of God?” Just as we cannot say where God is, in the same way, we can’t say where God is not. Sometimes God uses the most unlikely messenger to bring you a message. It may be someone you respect. But it also maybe someone you detest. Don’t refuse the gift because you don’t like the way it’s wrapped. Unpack the message. Discern if it is from God. If it is not, heave it. If it is, heed it.
There is a part two to this God using people message. You too can, and will, be used by God to deliver a message to someone. It may be to someone you truly want to help, a loved one or close friend. But you also may be called upon to take a message to someone you’d really rather not help. You must remember, this is God’s work not yours. Do that work you’ve been given to do to the best of your ability. In the end we are going to stand before God. We don’t need moments of regret to stand between us and glory.
When the people said that they knew who Jesus was, they were really saying they had no idea of who God is.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.