Thursday, January 13, 2022

Checking For The Signal

"Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner."
John 5:19 (NKJV)

Several years ago, I had a "Radio Controlled Clock". which kept accurate time, and even the temperature, because of a signal it received from a main location.  This clock did not keep these readings accurate on its own, but it was dependent upon a signal that it received; which meant that the clock needed to have a regular connection with that signal.  If that signal was disrupted somehow, then the readings of the time and temperature were no longer reliable, because the signal had been lost.

One thing we see in the life of Jesus is that He did not just do whatever He wanted to do.  We see how He would often pray before he acted.  A good example of that is in Luke 6:12-13, where Jesus spent the night in prayer, and the next morning He chose twelve of His disciples to be apostles.  What was Jesus doing?  Undoubtedly Jesus was talking to God about the upcoming decision He was going to make about those who would be closest to Him, those that He would spend time teaching and training.

In John 5:19, Jesus said that He only did what He saw His Father do.  What was Jesus talking about?  This is the same thing that we see in Luke 6, Jesus was checking in with God and getting the signal, so to speak, to know what to do.  In our life and relationship with God, we need to check in with God on a regular basis in prayer, by reading and studying God's Word, and by following the direction of the Holy Spirit, so that we are "checking for the signal" from God to know what to do, where to do it, and when.

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