June 4th-Intimate Awareness

Journey through Ephesians

Ephesians 1.15-17 “that you may know him better”

Focus Verse-Ephesians 1.17

“17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better”

Insight-In this section, Paul recognizes and thanks God for the evidence of His work in the lives of the Christians in Ephesus.  They are living a life of love for God that is being exhibited in a love for others, but Paul still wants more for them.  Paul says, “This is what I am asking God to do for you.”

He says that he is asking God’s presence in their lives, through the Spirit, would bring them to places where they will discover that they are growing in their intimate awareness of God.  He is not necessarily saying that he wants them to know more about God, he wants them to grow in their intimate relationship with God.  The first thing Paul asks is that God’s Spirit would give them wisdom.  The word for wisdom is sophia which carries the thought of giving insight into the true nature of things and revelation is the idea of the unveiling of the object discussed, in this case, God himself.  So Paul is asking God to allow them to discover His true nature as He unveils Himself to them.

Maybe this is actually the grace that we need.  If we were created to know God intimately, to be connected with Him as Jesus describes in John 15, maybe the answer to all of our prayers is more of God, a greater intimate awareness of His presence with us, around us and in us.  And since we certainly don’t deserve it-that’s grace of epic proportions.

Response and Action-Today I will seek to pay more attention to God and His movement.  I will strive to continually ask God, “What are You doing in this situation and how can I participate with You?”  I will rejoice in the realization that the Creator and Sustainer of the universe wants me to know Him intimately.

Loving God, take the blinders off of my eyes today so that I may see you more clearly and in doing so, begin to understand the way that things in this world-Your world-really are.  You are always drawing me to Your heart, help me to run to Your embrace and live in it today.  Amen.