Do you ever feel like there is a story unfolding around you, but you can’t quite wrap your head around it? Do you sometimes catch fleeting glimpses of a larger picture? Relax; I’m not talking about conspiracy theories, politics, or even, the Latter Days. Nonetheless, there is a thread that God weaves through history. He winds his plan around and among our lives. My carnal mind is too slow to see it; my hands are too rough to handle it, and like Isaiah, I’m a man of unclean lips. Solomon, the smartest guy in any room, said,
“He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NASB).
The Scripture speaks of Job as a blameless and upright man. In spite of all his attention to faithfulness, however, he fails utterly in understanding the power and glory of God. Chapter after chapter, Job espouses his wisdom regarding the nature of life and the person of God. As Job slips deeper and deeper into self-righteousness, God finally grants him an audience that forever changes Job’s perspective. In true humility, Job cries,
“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear;
But now my eye sees You;
Therefore I retract,
And I repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:5-6 NASB).
One clear look into the person of God and Job understands his small place in God’s much bigger plan.
It’s the Anointing that Breaks the Yoke
God is always at work. In Genesis the first chapter, we read that the Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters. God spoke the universe into existence and established the laws of physics by which it operates, day by day and eon to eon. Still, we read that creation has always anticipated God doing something new. We read in Romans 8:19, “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.” In his epistle, Peter speaks of the message brought by Old Testament prophets.
“It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.” (I Peter 1:12 NASB).
Angels? Even angels desire to investigate what we know of the Gospel by the revelation of the Holy Spirit. In other words, the Gospel is not a sub-plot in a deeper story. Salvation through Christ is the main event in the history of the universe. The Gospel is the power of God for salvation, (Romans 1:16).
In Isaiah 10:27, the prophet explains that God’s anointing breaks the yoke of oppression. What is the anointing? The anointing isn’t a “What;” the anointing is a “Who.” The anointing is the Holy Spirit flowing into a situation and definitively answering the question, “Where is God in all this?” God’s Spirit is the life-changer; He is the mountain-mover. He is the person of God who enters like a mighty rushing wind but speaks with a still, small voice.
In II Kings the sixth chapter, the prophet Elisha and his servant are surrounded by the army of the king of Aram. Elisha’s servant rises early and sees they are surrounded by soldiers, horses and chariots. You can hear the panic in his voice as he cries, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” (II Kings 6:13 NASB). Elisha merely says, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Elisha asks God to open his servant’s eyes and immediately, the servant sees an entire heavenly army filling the mountains surrounding the Arameans.
How Do We Find These Moments?
First of all, moments of insight into God’s hidden realm are given, not taken. If we saw all the work God does on our behalf, our walk with God would not require faith. Faith is the instrument of free will that binds us to God by love. It is faith that weaves us securely into God’s unseen kingdom.
Secondly, if we have a revelation of Jesus as God’s Son, we’ve already had such moments. Jesus said that we can’t come to Him unless the Father draws us, (John 6:44). Our drawing to Jesus is the work of the Holy Spirit. Does the Bible come alive for us? Without the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is merely paper and ink, like any other book, (Hebrews 4:12). Is there a belief in our hearts that we are the children of God? It’s the Holy Spirit that joins with our spirits, affirming that we are His children, (Romans 8:16).
The best friend you may have never known? No, you’ve known Him all along. Thank God for the times when we are allowed to see past these tired days and see God’s glory in the kingdom to come. Thank God for the friendship of His Holy Spirit.
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