Be Still Know
John 3:4 NLT
‘What do you mean?’ exclaimed Nicodemus. ‘How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?’
There are plenty of opportunities to live with regret the older one grows. As I look back over my life, I see missed opportunities, arrogance, decisions made from fear ahead of faith, damaged relationships and friendships sacrificed upon some long-forgotten altar. Yet, while looking back is instructive and we learn much about ourselves, God is forever looking ahead to the horizons as yet unreached. This is what Nicodemus struggles with.
His polite and respectful approach to Jesus cuts no ice. Did Nicodemus really acknowledge Jesus as a rabbi, or was he seeking to stroke Jesus’ ego? Jesus has none of it. Regardless of age and position he poses Nicodemus a question, which he interprets literally and cannot fathom. Jesus does not make sense in any literal way, for to follow Jesus requires that I first find faith. Faith isn’t informational, it is revelatory. Nicodemus needs to hear how he must become a child of God, and all he has carefully learned to date must then be submitted to the rule of faith which is the Living Word of God.
Age is no respecter of persons. We all grow old! Yet age doesn’t disqualify us from anything either. We may struggle as communication styles evolve and life is lived in ways unfamiliar to what we’ve experienced, yet nothing prevents us from looking at both present and future as opportunities to realise as yet unrealised dreams. God’s forgiveness means the past is forgotten from God’s perspective. Yet, I so often have a hard job forgiving myself. I can become lost in reflecting upon past regrets and the opportunities ahead.
God invites us to continue to experience God’s fresh revelation for today, regardless of our age and past experience. God wants you to work for his praise and glory wherever you find yourself and will present you with an opportunity that only makes sense to the eye of faith.
QUESTION: Have you approached Jesus recently with a question?
PRAYER: Lord, grant me that the older I get the more curious to discover more about you I become.