Thoughts from the Grapevine, Entry 2

“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” –Genesis 5:24

This has always haunted me in the best way…to walk so close with the living, loving God that you simply disappear into Him. I fervently believe that this is the hunger that God awakens in us. But I am keenly aware that I cannot do this on my own or of my own accord. I am so quick to take what God gives and run ahead of Him. It is an irony of control that trips me up because while I know that He is the initiator, when He gives good things, I make the mistake of thinking that He is giving me the reins. But I simply cannot be in control.

“So long as we imagine it is we who have to look for God, we must often lose heart. But it is the other way about – He is looking for us.” –Simon Tugwell

“The false gods of this world demand that you prepare tables for them, but the real God of the universe sets a table for you.” –Reinhard Bonnke

For us in the western culture, we should not think that we are exempt from the notion of serving false gods because we are so secular and logical. We bow constantly to the demands of Success, Drivenness (“ambition”), Hurriedness, Money, Fulfillment, “Fashion” (people), Knowledge, and “Progress.”

But…

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul….You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” –Psalm 23

I am haunted by Enoch, for good reason, because the awakened heart that God gives cannot help but hunger for that kind of closeness with Him. But I must always remember this…when God came in the flesh, which is to say, when He came in Jesus Christ, who the Bible says is God’s culminate message to us, He said, “I have come to walk with you.” And He does not seek just closeness, but oneness.

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” –Jesus (John 17:20-21)

“Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end….Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God [in the body]; so he got up from the meal…and began to wash his disciples’ feet…” –John 13

“We love because he first loved us.” –1 John 4:19

“But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.” –1 Corinthians 6:17

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