“God Calling” today reflects on Isaiah 53:2 -“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.” By the world’s standards, Jesus was nobody; just an ordinary man. From the world’s point of view, He had nothing more to offer than any other man.
One of the passages says that those who don’t know Him see nothing they want in Him-“It’s just another book of fables or myths, just another bunch of lies and “Jesus” is one of them, just another religion, just another bunch of rules to cram down people’s throats, etc.” That’s why Jesus said, “I’ll draw all men unto myself.” The Holy Spirit has to do the work of drawing them.
To those who know the Lord, there is nothing left to desire-really we have want of nothing, or would have if we could just get it right. I’m reminded of the song, “Because He Lives.” One of the lines is “all fear is gone.” That’s exactly what the message conveys. It tells us to draw so near to the Lord that we can find all we desire-all we desire; that’s above and beyond need. God tells us His grace is sufficient and Jesus told us the Father knows what we need before we even ask it. This is much easier seen in the area of material and physical needs. But when we draw so near that we are truly one; of one accord and in sync with each other, the beauty of true and intimate relationship with Him begins to emerge.
It’s the same as in a human relationship. Have you ever been in relationship with someone, and you were so close and intimately knew each other? There was intimate, open and transparent communication, friendship, comeradery, and support within the relationship. You knew each other so well and intimately that you could finish each other’s sentences, read each other’s thoughts, etc. You knew the other person so well that you could see their heart in every gift, every action, every word spoken. That’s the kind of intimacy that Jesus wants with us. When we have that intimacy, then we become able to see His heart in every gift, every action, every word He speaks to us. We become able to see Him and His heart in every sky he paints, in the beauty of the colors bursting forth in Spring, and in the quiet soothing rain showers of Summer. In that intimacy, we’re able to feel the pressure of His hand when we feel alone or afraid. It’s in the promise of His Word that rises up in us to comfort and encourage; and to remind us that He’ll never leave or forsake us. In Jesus, every need and every desire is taken care of; we have only to see it. It comes in the form of a caring friend stopping by to check on us or the generosity of a stranger, or, yes, the comfort of that gently rain shower at the end of a frazzling day. True beauty of and in relationship is that kind of intimacy and assurance. There is nothing more beautiful than a heart that loves simply, purely, deeply and lavishly; and Jesus loves us all that way.
I wrote in my 2000 journal about this same message. Then, it spoke to my heart about priorities and how He is priority. The message made me think about some of the women and others that followed Jesus from place to place. I thought about those with Jesus, in His camp, sitting right by the fire with Him. I wondered if there were people who camped at a distance, and the what the difference in what they would have heard and learned would be. I thought I’d share this excerpt: “I had kind of gotten off doing “life’s priorities” stuff once. He’s the author of life – He is life; but I was dealing with “life’s priorities.” I got to the point where I felt the distance between me and the “fire.” I said to the Lord, “Okay, you’re not talking to me now? He said, “Why should I talk to you now; because it’s convenient for you now? Have you been wanting or trying to talk to me?” I remember thinking I might not be right up next to that fire, but I’m tagging along-even if it is at a distance. I wasn’t going to take no for an answer. I said to the Lord, “You can keep me outside the camp, make me stay outside the camp; but you can’t keep me from following you. I’ll just follow anyway from right out here!” – to which He opened His arms and “moved over” to make room for me by the fire. Lesson learned: He’s priority, He’s life; apart from Himyou have no fire! This encounter was the perfect example of the intimate relationship we can have with the Lord Jesus. Someone asked me once how could they know Jesus was real. My response was: “I can only tell you what He’s done for me in my life; If you want to know if He’s real, ask Him yourself to show you.”