What do you want?

Then Jesus turned around and saw them following him and asked, “What do you

want?  John 1: 38 NLT

ESV: what are you seeking?

Amplified: What are you looking for?

I find this an amazing question and one that goes straight to the heart of man.  

 

All come to Jesus by way of need, that moment we realize we truly are poor in Spirit, and it’s only then that we are capable of answering His question, ‘what do you want?’

 

Jesus announced the Spirit of the Lord was upon him to preach the gospel to the poor.  He taught his disciple it was the poor in Spirit who were blessed.  It is the individual who has needs, with a heart and ear ready to receive, that finds their broken heart healed; captivity released and eyes seeing.  

 

 It is the self sufficiency of man that holds him aloof from God. 

 

Thus, the question ‘what do you want’ must be answered by all. Mark chapter 10 records Jesus’ encounter with Blind Bartimaeus, asking him the same question.  While the answer seems obvious, Bartimaeus immediately responds, “that I might receive my sight”.

 

Why do I want to prosper and be in health? As real as our situation may be, it is the immature, the babe in Christ, that simply wants the need fixed. It is as we grow in our relationship that we begin to discover the blessing of knowing how much we need God.  It is through our dependency on him that we are enriched and empowered to live as He is in this world.  Knowing what we want and who should help is the key to receiving from HIm.

 

There have been many times in my life I have looked to others to be God for me, only to be disappointed in my expectations.  How dangerous this is, both for us and the one we’ve set up.  The lesson to learn is while God uses man, our eyes must be fixed on Him.  While we acknowledge others help and are grateful for it, the glory and true thanksgiving are His.

 

  It seems odd for the disciples to respond with, where are you staying.  Perhaps it was the cultural way of asking for a place to spend the night and Jesus response, “Come and discover for yourselves” is ambiguous.  Yet, it holds so much potential for their opportunity. The scripture goes on to tell us, they went with him and saw where he was staying, and since it was late in the afternoon, they spent the rest of the day with Jesus.

 

 

‘Come’ is the invitation for us to learn and participate in what God is doing.  Each man must discover for himself what it is he wants from Jesus.  Our level of hunger and desire determines the discovery through the pursuit. 

 

The question remains, What do you want? 

 

The Wait.

For God alone my soul waits in silence…. Psalm 62.1

 

We know these times.  ‘The wait’ is the space where “our times are in His hands” and there is nothing we can do but wait on God to move.   

 

We are aware that it is an “ONLY GOD” moment for us.  We wait to see, wait and hope, wait and resist fear, wait and rejoice but in it all we are waiting.  King David declared throughout the Psalms no matter what was taking place and how he felt about it, his focus was on God. 

 

It is you, O Lord my God who will answer and on you I wait.   Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him ~

 

Notice Psalm 62, David holds his peace; “My soul waits in silence”.  Mute before our enemies is a righteous thing when our mouth wants to declare God is somehow unfaithful or uncaring.  

 

We are told setting goals helps us to stay focused and gets them accomplished. We just can’t do that without establishing time tables we want to operate within.  There are many plans in the mind of a man but the Lord directs His steps.  Our timetables are not His issue, they’re ours.  I don’t know that we ever consider time frames as boundaries or limitations and yet they do define our expectations of what and how we expect God to work on our behalf.  

 

God has already written every day of our life in His journal.  If we stop and think about reality of Psalm 139:16 and that He knows the future and hope He has planned for you, it gives us pause to ask the question when I’m setting goals, whose plan is this? And if it is the Fathers plan, it will be fulfilled in His timing.  In the fulness of time it shall come to pass and in the wait I am secure and at rest.  

 

I’m fascinated by Jesus at the wedding, knowing it was not yet His time.  Another time, his brothers wanting him to show himself knowing it was not His time,  Then when he knew it was time to leave the disciples and yield His life. He could not be pressed by man’s agenda or their time table.  Consider Lazarus, the rebuke he received, “If you had been here our brother would not have died.”  Jesus didn’t have a Day-timer or an App to accomplish his purposes.   

 

Natural goals are common to man but what happens in our heart and soul when they are not achieved?

 

Can we wait content, at peace, in rest, knowing, trusting, committing all things into His hands and simply hold our fuss and yield our praise?  He would prefer it.