December 8 / Proverbs 8 / John 1

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Proverbs 8:17

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

On the road to Emmaus, Jesus told those disciples that the whole Old Testament spoke of Him. Here we see one of the more obvious OT passages telling of Jesus. It is a good practice to read all of the OT looking for and listening to Christ.

Jesus (Wisdom in this verse) is not hard to find, but one must pursue Him.

Lady Wisdom loves those who love her, and allows those who search for her to find her. We do not get the idea that she keeps moving around so as to evade her searcher. It’s more that she stays where she is and delights in being sought after and found.

Jesus is not hard to find.

As Jesus told His followers, “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks the door will be opened!”

We don’t believe Jesus to be hiding from us as much as He resides in the deeper places.

Your lost car keys aren’t teleporting to another secret location as soon as you get close to them. They are simply waiting to be discovered (dis-covered). But if there is no search, they shall never be obtained.

John 1:4,9,18

Jesus was the light of the human race.

He showed us the way to live as we were designed to live–in union with the Father, every moment seeking Him, and pleasing Him instead of ourselves. This is the only and guaranteed way to live a fully satisfying life. To experience real life, you must lose your own life so that all is out of the way for God to live thru you.

Self-transcendence.

You no longer live to simply please yourself, for you have discovered and experienced that living for Another is way beyond pleasing. Comfort, approval, convenience, ease are not required for your happiness, tho everything residing in the shallow places screams differently. They are mere bonuses to an already joyful life in Christ. You already have the ultimate approval.

This is the path to joy, even tho it sounds ridiculous in worldly terms.

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