“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” (John 16:13-15)
How many things does God want to say to you, but you cannot bear them now? Think about that. About a year ago I was asking the Lord about things to come. I hear one stream in the body of Christ that are predicting great devastation upon America and/or other places in the world. On the other end of the spectrum, there is a chorus of voices proclaiming that things are just going to get better and better. Personal prosperity, peace and joy are ahead.
In between those two are the majority of believers who don’t know what to think. Either scenario seems believable. So I asked God about it. What He said caught me by surprise. He said, “Would you believe Me if I told you?” I know what the answer is supposed to be. So do you, but it revealed something about me I didn’t like and that was that I was not ready to bear, to carry, to receive the Truth.
Believe me when I tell you that I sought Him diligently about this for some time. And the sense I got was that there was a door number three so to speak… an option I hadn’t considered. An option I knew next to nothing about. An option no doubt that I would find hard to believe, and therefore wouldn’t. Instead of trying to figure out the answer, I am focusing on knowing the Father.
The better I know Him, the easier it is to bear His words. There are things I could tell you in this email that you might easily misunderstand because you don’t know the place in me from where those words come. Knowing those private places in me allows you to understand not only the words I speak and the context, but more importantly the intents and motives of them.
My wife is one who knows me this well. My words land with her in a way they land with no one else. She knows me like no one else. So it is with God. When you know Him intimately well, there are things He can tell you that had He told you earlier in life, you could not bear them. Instead of trying to pry those words from His lips, simply pursue God.
Know Him both in the fellowship of His suffering and in the heat of the battle. Know Him in the night season and in the dark season of your soul. As you do, you will find that He has many things He wanted to tell you all along but you could not bear, but now you can.
For the record I am beginning to see through door number three and yes, it is hard to believe my eyes. I would tell you but… well, we will just have to get to know each other better… (0-: Actually I see as one who sees men as trees (Mark 8:24) which means I see enough to recognize moving objects but not enough to drive. More on this in the future. Final Note: Last night I wrapped up part two of a teleseminar with our friends at Kingdom Business Journal. If you missed it, you can hear it by going here.