Saturday, November 19, 2005

First Time For Everything

Sometimes I wish that my first time were indeed my last time. Maybe this time ought not be the case, but who can know? "Can we know?" is a question that has been kicked around by epistemoligists before there was the word for knowledge finding, and at times, I think there is only a snowball's chance in Birmingham that we can (know, that is). However, my theological constructs run contrary to this belief and I must admit, yes we can know, but only through a Divine power working externally upon us. Smarter folks then I dub this term to be General or Specific Revelation, illumination of the Spirit, or the like. I call it, "waking the dead man up and teaching him to breathe." You call it what you may, but the reality is, not all things are instinctual. None of us woke up one day and decided (on our own) that it was now time to explore to answer the questions "Who is this King of Glory?" (Psalm 24:7 ESV). The Sovereignty of God is the only explanation for the ability for men and women to have the ability to know Him. For Christ Himself declared, "No one can come to me unless the father who sent Me draws him" (John 6:44a ESV).

Father, might You draw me close today? Might I seek to be brought close today? At a time when I am surrounded by You but are so far from You, can You yet again revive me so that I may rejoice in You (Psalm 85:6). Can You restore to me the joy of Your salvation (Ps 51:12)? I guess "can you?" is not the proper approach, but are you willing (Matt 8:2). I request that the knock of my heart be heard on the door of Yours. That I may truly seek to be one of Your attendants, not merely waiting, but crying out for You. For only in Your presence is their fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).

In the matchless Name of Christ I come. So let it be.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No other man has touched the heart inside me as K.C. Armstrong has over the past three years.

Several years ago, as a gift, he gave me A.W. Tozer's "The Pursuit Of God." It has taken three years for me to read this mere 100 page book of magnificient truths. At all times, we must seek diligently. Never give up the search. Besides, searching is fun. Anticipating the glory to come brings us face to face each moment in awe of being wrecklessly pursued.

"But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved." Heb. 10:39
Father, make me willing to want You.