Luke 2:40-52

Luke 2:40-52

Who is God? I think this is the question that should be on...our lips...every day... God, what is the relationship that I should have with You today? What do You have for me to do today? Lord, how can I serve others for You today? It's all in the question. It's in the desire of our heart, not necessarily to know an answer, but to know that we're being driven by the question.Sometimes you show a great deal of intelligence by the questions you ask because the questions you ask are very thought provoking and they’re deep. You don’t necessarily have to have all the answers, but sometimes you show who you are by the desire you have to know. You know, there’s a lot of people in this world who never once wake up on Sunday morning and question, “Should I go to church? Should I try to get to know this thing called religion or God?” It never enters their mind because a shallowness has begun to grow in the lives of people in this world, and their thoughts are shallow, their lives are shallow, their direction is shallow. They don’t ask the questions that matter. They don’t ask the questions that are going to make a difference in their lives when they finally hear the answer. And sometimes, sometimes, we don’t even ask the question to hear the answer…

Who is God? Do you really expect to get an answer to that question? But you know what? In asking that question, Who is God, it shows a fundamental hunger in your life to know the deeper things of where you come from, who you are, and what is in store for your future. Who is God? I think this is a question that should be on all of our lips, and every day when we wake up, we should be asking that question. “God, Who are You today? Who are You to me today? And what is the relationship that I should have with You today?” The answer may not come to you as soon as you ask the question, but because you’ve asked the question, you’ve then been motivated in your heart to begin to look and seek. I think too often we wake up in the morning and say, “What is it that I have to accomplish today? Where am I supposed to go today? What am I supposed to do? How am I supposed to survive?” And it’s always, how am I, me, I, myself. And we never get beyond that. We never step beyond who we are and what’s in it for me, and so our questions tend to gravitate to, “What’s in it for me?” rather than, “God, how am I in this for You? What do You have for me today? What do You have for me to do today? Lord, how can I serve others for You today?” It’s all in the question. It’s in the desire of our heart, not necessarily to know an answer, but to know that we’re being driven by the question…

When was the last time you hungered to be where God is? When was the last time you woke up in the morning and said, “You know what? I do not want to leave this spot until I know that God has touched me and blessed me today”? When was the last time you woke up and you questioned, “Who is God in my life and what responsibility do I have to Him?” I think too often we start our day without a concern about the direction we’re going. Without a concern about how our day is going to end. All we care about is what’s going to go into our belly and what’s going to go onto our back, and how am I going to accomplish the work that’s set before me. We’re concerned about pleasing others. Jesus was not, even at 12 years old, concerned about pleasing anybody but His Father…

And God intervenes, in ways sometimes that we don’t understand. Sometimes we lose loved ones, and we don’t understand why. Sometimes we go through very hard times in our life, and we don’t understand why. Sometimes it’s simply because God needs our attention, and He removes those things in our lives that are distracting us, and keeping us from desiring to know Him and to be in His house.

Dave Elkins

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