I Saw You

Posted by admin on April 2, 2014 under Encouraging Words | Comments are off for this article

363We continue the Journey Through John.  For previous meditations on John chapter 1, scroll down to earlier articles.

Read JOHN 1:43-51

Once in a while we hear that some infamous person has “found God.”  We rejoice, for it is true–God can save anyone, just as He saved us from our depravity.  But later, we may hear that the penitent has returned to his old ways.  “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.” (Proverbs 26:11) Perhaps the end of that person is worse than the beginning.  (Matthew 12:43-45)

Not so for those who are truly repentant, called of God, chosen before the foundation of the world!  “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)  However much we may despair over our own repetitive sins, we know the Lord is at work in our lives.  We did not find God without His leading or choose Him without His invitation, but He found and chose us.  Now it is our responsibility to respond and follow Him, as an obedient child.  “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God who is working in you, enabling you, both to will and to act for His good purpose.”  (Philippians 2:12b-13)

Jesus found His disciples in the middle of their ordinary lives, fishing, collecting taxes, sitting under fig trees.  But He had already prepared their hearts to recognize Him.  So when Andrew found his brother Simon, he exclaimed, “We have found the Messiah!”   Then Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law . . . Jesus the son of Joseph, from Nazareth!” (John 1:40-45)

We can almost hear Nathanael’s scoff.  The Messiah was supposed to come from Bethlehem! (Micah 5:2) “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael exclaimed.  But at Philip’s urging, he got up to find out.

“Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him and said about him, ‘Here is a true Israelite; no deceit is in him.'” (vs.47)

“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. (vs.48)

“Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus replied.

Astonished that Jesus could see him from afar, Nathanael replied, “You are the Son of God!  You are the King of Israel!” (vs. 49)

What a wonderful story this is!  The Lord sees us where we are, while we are unaware, in our sins and disbelief, and chooses us.  We may think we are doing good works, we may be zealous for our beliefs, we may be religious.  We go about our business like Saul of Tarsus, until the Lord stops us in our tracks.  (Acts 9)  He calls us to repent and follow Him.

I have spent so much time sitting under the “fig trees” or circumstances of life, sitting in shadows, lingering in disbelief.  But Lord, You see me, just like Nathanael the doubter or Jonah the pouter under his plant.

Heavenly Father, thank You for always seeing me,  from  the moment of conception to my last breath on earth.  You see all I am, think, and do.  You see me in my disbelief  and discontent– and You still love me!  Give me the faith to recognize You at work in my life,  for You are the Living God, the One who sees me.  Be King of my heart and mind, and help me follow You in joyful obedience and contentment.  Thank You for seeing me and my needs today.   In Jesus’ gracious name  I pray, Amen.