" I sat down under HIS shadow with great delight, and HIS fruit was sweet to my taste." Song of Solomon 2:3
This past week my husband and I were talking about various passages in the Bible and at one point in our conversation we ended up talking about Zacchaeus.
I thought about Zacchaeus and of his desire to know more about the man Lord Jesus. To refresh my memory I went to the passage in Luke 19 and reread the account. And what a blessing it was...
Zacchaeus. Chief among the publicans. Rich.
And yet he desired to know who Jesus was. But because of the press, and because of his small stature, he wasn't able to see Jesus. Yet, he didn't give up.
He ran.. and climbed a sycomore tree.... for he knew the Lord was to pass that way.
As I was reading the passage, I stopped to think about Zacchaeus and how much he desired to see Jesus. He went out of his way to make time to see the LORD. And he ran to climb the tree, making sure he could get a good view of Jesus.... and not miss His coming. I am sure Zacchaeus was a busy man, being chief of publicans. But he cared not what others thought of him. Seeing the Lord Jesus was more important to him.... even above his riches.
And then I thought of my own life. How do I seek the LORD? Do I run to know more of Him... through His word, through fellowship with Him in prayer? Do I place the things of the world second... and make my time with the LORD a delight... tasting the sweet fruit of HIS word?
My thoughts then stopped a bit as I read further through the passage. Oh, the LORD's beautiful calling to Zacchaeus,
" Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house."
I thought of the Lord's calling to HIS own... how He calls us too. His desire is to dwell with us, that we might taste the sweet fellowship of His presence in our house.
Zacchaeus' response was so beautiful to see. His obedience to the calling of the LORD:
He made haste. He came down. He received Him joyfully. His earthly riches were transformed... in knowing the riches of the LORD'S saving grace.
Oh, what a precious example... that we should hear the BELOVED's voice calling... and heed His beckoning.
Lord, help me to seek you above all else....to hear your voice. Let nothing hinder your coming in my house.
" For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
May you know the sweet fellowship of the LORD in your own house.