I believe that part of the reason God sent Jesus to earth was to clear up a big misunderstanding. He was sick and tired of us not getting it right. He wanted His intentions to be made crystal clear…
Think about it –
Adam and Eve had it made. They walked with God….and they were naked to boot! Naked, well fed, watched over, delighted in! But they still didn’t’ get it. They thought God was holding out on them. They couldn’t understand that God’s intentions for them were good and pure. There had to be something missing…there had to be some kind of catch.
The people in Isaiah’s day didn’t get it either –
“But now hear, O Jacob my servant, Israel whom I have chosen! Thus says the LORD who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams.” Isaiah 44:1-4
Even with this Messianic prophecy, God’s people were left wanting, searching for happiness, determined to make it on their own. They were defensive, unforgiving, selfish, and demanding.
What pain this must have caused our heavenly Father. I can imagine Him screaming, “Don’t you trust me? Don’t you know how much I love you? My plan for you is good! My intentions are righteous!”
God could have forgotten us all-together, after all, He doesn’t need us!
But like a good and loving parent, or a trustworthy friend, God didn’t play games. He didn’t manipulate or stonewall us (even though we deserved this and more!). What did He do?
He did something so drastic, so humiliating, so beautiful…it would be impossible for us to deny His grace and affection for us, His children.
Jesus. Precious Jesus.
John 4:16 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
“Jesus said to her,“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:13-15
May we model God’s clarity today. Making our intentions and expectations known to those we do life with. May our heart match the heart of our Father in Heaven, forever revealing His love for us.