“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in- behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.”- Psalm 139:1-4
As Kyle Idleman continues Chapter 3 of Not a Fan, he notes that the Hebrew word yada– defined as “to know completely and to be completely known”- is used throughout the Old Testament to describe how God wants to be known by us. In fact, that’s the way God already knows us.
Simon, the Pharisee who invited Jesus to eat at his house, knew all about Jesus- but didn’t know Jesus. The prostitute who approached Jesus at this meal had no such pretentions. She was so focused on Jesus that she completely forgot about herself. Because she had no towel to dry Jesus’ feet, she let down her hair. Pastor Idleman noes that in Jesus’ time such an intimate expression was considered grounds for divorce. A proper woman never would let down her hair in front of a man who was not her husband.
As Jesus walks beside us on our healing, transformational journey, do we know about Him or do we know Him? Are we so focused on Him that we forget about ourselves?
Today’s question: How have you been intentional in drawing closer to Jesus following your vocation loss? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Inside out, not outside in”