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Behold Me Behold Me

Isaiah 65:1: I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

When God says something twice we ought to pay twice as much attention. He wants us to pay attention to Him. Our beholding Him should be far more than just a glance. It should be a way of life. Paying attention to our Creator is the most rewarding thing that we can do. He is worthy of our daily attention.

Psalms 113:3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD*S name is to be praised.

Hebrews 12:1-2: Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

How can we behold the Lord? We can behold Him with the eyes of our hearts. We can behold Him in the Bible. We can behold His work in His Creation. We can behold Him in the lives of other faithful believers. We can behold Him in Biblical churches. We can behold Him at work in our own hearts and lives. We can behold Him as we meditate upon (think about) Him. How much attention am I giving Him? How much are you? If we pay no attention to Him, how can we follow Him and love Him?

Acts 17:11: These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Luke 9:23: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Acts 5:42: And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on 1 Thessalonians 4:17b: . . . So shall we ever be with the Lord.

Even the sweetest visits from Christ, how short they are-and how transitory! One moment our eyes see Him, and we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, but again a little time and we do not see Him, for our beloved withdraws Himself from us; like a roe or a young hart He leaps over the mountains of division; He is gone to the land of spices, and feeds no more among the lilies.

*If to-day He deigns to bless us
With a sense of pardoned sin,
He to-morrow may distress us,
Make us feel the plague within.*

Oh, how sweet the prospect of the time when we shall not behold Him at a distance, but see Him face to face: when He shall not be as a wayfaring man tarrying but for a night, but shall eternally enfold us in the bosom of His glory. We shall not see Him for a little season, but

*Millions of years our wondering eyes,
Shall o*er our Saviour*s beauties rove;
And myriad ages we*ll adore,
The wonders of His love.*

In heaven there shall be no interruptions from care or sin; no weeping shall dim our eyes; no earthly business shall distract our happy thoughts; we shall have nothing to hinder us from gazing for ever on the Sun of Righteousness with unwearied eyes. Oh, if it be so sweet to see Him now and then, how sweet to gaze on that blessed face for aye, and never have a cloud rolling between, and never have to turn one*s eyes away to look on a world of weariness and woe! Blest day, when wilt thou dawn? Rise, O unsetting sun! The joys of sense may leave us as soon as they will, for this shall make glorious amends. If to die is but to enter into uninterrupted communion with Jesus, then death is indeed gain, and the black drop is swallowed up in a sea of victory.

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