Rick & I have devotional time each morning and we read several things. I have listed at the bottom of this post 3 of the 5, the other 2 are Oboedire@wordpress and My Utmost by Oswald Chambers. The first listing is the “daily office” readings of the liturgical church. A Psalm, Old Testament reading, New Testament reading and a Gospel reading. The second is a devotional by Henry Blackaby and the third is an audio file by the Jesuits out of England.
On Saturday January 25 we had a reading about Zaccheus. As children we sang the song about him being a wee little man who wanted to see Jesus, so he climbed a sycamore tree to be able to see over the crowds.
What did Jesus see? Someone on facebook asked me how I could know what God saw. Well I will tell you…the answer is always in the written Word of God.
…Luke 19:1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
When Jesus looked up He saw Zacchaeus, but more importantly Jesus saw, observed, focused, recognized that God, His Father had a plan for Zacchaeus and acted on what He saw. Zacchaeus had a hunger for truth and took steps to get into a place where he could see Jesus.
God saw the desire of Zaccheaus heart, Jesus was there to follow through, seeing, acknowledging and participating in the WHAT GOD SAW! Jesus came to Zacchaeus and He comes to us. He sees our needs as God does and what we need is the same thing that Zacchaeus needed. We need to repent and be forgiven. We are alienated from God. God sees that and sends someone. He sends someone who is ‘listening and seeing’ the Father’s heart, to see us, approach us and bring the message of salvation in Christ Jesus.