To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
Isaiah 49:8-15 (NIVUK): ”This is what the Lord says: ‘In the time of my favour I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, “Come out,” and to those in darkness, “Be free!”
They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.
I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up. See, they will come from afar – some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan.’
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.’ ‘Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne. Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”
We continuing looking at the truth that we, the children of God, are never out of His mind.
I think that Selwyn’s conclusion is rather special, it really spoke to me and I’ll repeat it here so that you may be blessed in the same way.
He writes: “I happen to believe that the most exciting thing about my life is not that I know God but that He knows me. Of course, I am excited that I know Him, but I’m more excited by the fact that He knows me.
And why? Because my knowledge of Him is based on His knowledge of me. If He didn’t know me then I would never have come to know Him (as He truly is).
I once made that remark – that my knowledge of God is based on His knowledge of me – to a woman and she subsequently said it changed her life. I hope it does the same for someone reading these lines today.”
In Matthew 11:27-28, we hear Jesus say: “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
From the above verse, we are told that we cannot know God unless Jesus has chosen us. This means that God has looked at each one of us and chosen us to be members of His holy family. That is, He has to have known us – to choose us – as a child of His. How great is that!