35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out. So Jesus found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”36He asked, “Who is the Son of Man, sir? Tell me, so I can believe in him!”37Jesus said to him, “You have already seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you now.”38He said, “Yes, Lord, I believe!” Then the man bowed and worshiped Jesus.39Jesus said, “I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that the blind could see and so that those who see will become blind.” John 9:35-39 (ICB)
Since the beginning of time, the thing that God desires most is to be known by His creation. Throughout the Bible, every story talks about the ways He shows himself to people who will listen; and how He shows himself to the people who won’t.
He wants us to believe in Him, to know His name, to see His goodness and His power, to experience His mercy, grace, and love.
I think back in my own life about the ways that God has revealed Himself to me and realize that I probably don’t even truly recognize all of it. But I know that more than 10 years ago, He lifted the veil off of my eyes and I could see Him in a way I never had before.
The Old Testament is filled with stories of the wrathful, angry God. In Ezekiel, there is prophecy after prophecy of how God is going to destroy the nations who chose not to believe in Him and the people who chose to come against Him.
7So I will use my power against you. I will give you to the nations as if you were valuables taken in war. I will wipe you out of the lands so you will no longer be a nation. I will destroy you. And you will know that I am the Lord.’” Ezekiel 25:7 (ICB)
The key to the prophecies in Ezekiel is, “Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
When the blindness has fallen away, when I choose to seek His face and seek to know Him, when I believe in the saving power of His Son, than His wrath falls away and His love reigns. His goodness is reflected to the world through my life.
9God will soon save those who respect him.And his greatness will be seen in our land.10Love and truth will belong to God’s people.Goodness and peace will be theirs.11On earth people will be loyal to God.And God’s goodness will shine down from heaven.12The Lord will give his goodness.And the land will give its crops.13Goodness will go before Godand prepare the way for him. Psalm 85:9-13 (ICB)