September 17, 2018

I Know Who I Know

I Know Who I Know

Day 27 — September 17, 2018

By Tony Tench

I know who I know, said our little friend and first grade son of our Minister of Students. That was his response to his aunt Donna as she was following him up the bleacher stairs at a college football game. On the way to their seat, Lavery stopped at the end of one of the rows and reached into the bag of trail mix being eaten by a lady on the end of that row. He grabbed a hand full and then continued his upward trek. That lady was my wife, Janet, seated by my side and we chuckled to each other as he walked off – glad he was comfortable enough with us to just stop by for a second. However, his aunt wasn’t paying attention to who was seated on the row. She simply saw her nephew eat out of someone’s bag as he went by them. Lavery, you dont just take something from someone you dont know, she said. I know who I know, was his reply.  Then, she looked to see that we were actually people he knew.

It is with that same kind of comfort that I come to Jesus today. I am so confident in coming before him because he makes life so real.  Jesus said, “Whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness” (Luke 12:45-46). With these words, Jesus gives me comfort because he helps me to know what God looks like and he helps me to know what it means to be human. There’s no guess-work involved any more. How comfortable is his presence. I’m glad I know who I know!

I AM the good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me; just as the father knows me and I know the Fatherand I lay down my life for the sheep.       John 10:14