Daily D – John 1:48
“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered.
JOHN 1:48 (CSB)
John the Baptizer recognized this truth.
“This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me,’” (John 1:15).
When it comes to God and you, he always takes the initiative. All promptings are his. Everything we do is response or reaction. We respond in faith and obedience, or we react with denial and disobedience.
John writes in 1 John 4:19, “We love because he first loved us.” In the chess match of life, God always makes the first move. Not to spoil anything, but the final move is his as well.
Before all things, before anything, Jesus knew you. He knew you would come. He knew your time and place. He knew your name. He knew all of your sinful reactions. He knew all of your faithful responses. He knew what you needed and when you would need it. He knew you would sin naturally and intentionally. He knew he would pay the price to forgive your sins and to welcome you into his family.
Not only did Jesus know all about you, he also had a mission for you. He had, has, a role for you to play in making his kingdom come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven. He has made you to be the positive alternative to a dark and tasteless world.
What do you need to know about today and the days to come? Ask the One who has always known the right thing to do and empowers everyone, including you, who responds in faith and obedience. This is how to live a better life. This is how to build a better world.
I will seek to know and experience the One who has always known me.
Our Father, you have known me from before time. When Jesus was on the cross, I was on his mind. When I was lost and destined for eternal separation from you, you wooed me with your faithful, redeeming love. All I had to do was to say Yes to your offer of mercy, grace, and salvation. You know what is ahead of me today and what is ahead for the rest of my days. However you initiate, I will respond with faithful obedience and joyful engagement. Amen.
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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.