With the start of this new year, of course came a new Bible reading plan. This year I joined a plan with about 300 others through a FaceBook closed discussion group, and it has been great having people in the same part of scripture with you, as well as hearing their take on the day’s reading.
Now with the year half way over, I am currently half way in and am in the book of John. This devotion was written after noticing a trend (I love when that happens) that I kept seeing throughout John. I hope you love it as much as I did.
Here is what I kept finding; Our belief and exaltation comes before our understanding
In John 7:39 Jesus says those who believe would later receive the Spirit, once Jesus had been glorified. (Through his death and resurrection). Belief and Jesus glorified came first before they received the spirit.
In John 8:28 Jesus says to the disciples “When you have lifted up (exalted) the Son of Man, THEN you will know that I am he..”
Their exalting, came BEFORE their knowledge of who He was.
In John 12:16 John writes that the disciples didn’t understand what Jesus was saying, but that only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
What does this mean for us? To me this means faith is important, it’s everything. Following Jesus when we still don’t fully understand is important, and EXALTING Jesus is important.
Of course it is great to think and figure and study and discuss all in an effort to better know God. But this got me wondering if I should do a little more glorifying and exalting of Jesus, and a little less trying to figure out “what would Jesus do?”
It got me thinking, in a world filled with so many different opinions, interpretations, backgrounds and experiences, maybe I should try being right less, and instead, spend a season glorifying and exalting our messiah, our savior, and ask for His Spirit to lead me into a further understanding of who He is.
Last night I was feeling a bit lost as I laid down to go to sleep. I began to pray in a way that I haven’t done in awhile, “Lord, I love you, you are constant, you are my God, you are good. I love you, thank you.” AFTER saying this prayer I began to remember the truth of these words.
I can spend so much time on the topic of God, speaking ABOUT God, and still forget to speak TO God, exalting my King over my circumstances, and even over my comprehension.
I want to return to my first love, and simply spend a season in adoration and exaltation.
7:39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
8:28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up(Exalted) the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
John 12:16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.