Do you ever find yourself up a tree?
Are you looking for or waiting for deliverance?
I was recently reading the Bible account of Zaccheus in Luke 19:2-10. Remember the wee little man that climbed the tree in order to see Jesus? He was a tax-collector known for his dishonest dealings. When Jesus came through the town there was Zaccheus up in a tree trying to see Him. Jesus saw Zaccheus there and went straight to him, telling him to come down because Jesus intended to go home with him.
Did you ever wonder why Jesus would want to go home with Zaccheus? I mean, really, this guy had a reputation, why didn’t Jesus just call him out right there? Everyone knew the evil and corruption he was into. But no, Jesus goes to him and invites Himself home with him.
1 Samuel 16:7b says; “Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.”
The local people could only say from what they had seen Zaccheus do, or what they had heard about him, or possibly the dealings they had with him personally. They reacted or responded as we would, from what they knew. Jesus knew differently.
Jesus tells Zaccheus that salvation is coming to his house today. This is definitely something special. I wonder what Zaccheus was expecting. I wonder what was going through his mind. It’s obvious he definitely was interested in learning more about Jesus considering he climbed a tree to see him. And it doesn’t seem as if there was any hesitation on Zaccheus’ part about having Jesus come home with him.
So Zaccheus comes down and starts out with Jesus towards his home. Jesus knows why they are headed there.
The Lord knows exactly how to deal with us. There is never any question regarding His approach to any situation, He is the One who created each one of us. Psalm 103:14 “For he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.”
The Lord knows where we live. Acts 17:26 “From one man he made every nation of the human race to inhabit the entire earth, determining their set times, and the fixed limits of the places where they would live.”
The Lord knows all that we do. Psalm 139:3 says, “You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.”
The Lord know what we will say. Psalm 139:4 explains “Before a word is on your tongue you, LORD, know it completely.”
The Lord knows how we feel. 1 Chronicles 28:9a tells us, “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought…”
The Lord knew Zaccheus’ heart. Maybe Zaccheus had come to a point of questioning it all, maybe he was beginning to wonder if there was a better way. The townspeople would have no idea, but Jesus would know.
Jesus saw Zaccheus up the tree. I can just imagine, there were probably a few children around pointing at that funny little man in the tree asking their parents what he was doing. I picture Jesus smiling at the humor of the situation. It would have been rather funny.
But Jesus knew what Zaccheus was thinking, He knew his feelings towards God. Jesus looked past his self-sufficient ways and saw a seeker. For that is why Jesus came, “to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
Zaccheus had probably heard about Jesus and wondered if He was for real. What was it that people saw in Him? Could He really help? Maybe Zaccheus was seeking a different way, a better way. And Jesus chose to go home with Zaccheus. Jesus chose to be with Zaccheus where he was at- in his sinful, hated, lonely place.
It seems that Zaccheus’ transformation began immediately. He was ready to make amends by repaying those he had taken from unjustly.
God knows our hearts and where we are at. God knows where in our lives we need deliverance (salvation/transformation). Jesus meets us in those places and goes with us wherever we are going. He helps us work through the process.
Here and now in 2017, we don’t know what lies ahead but God knows. He will meet you at every tree, when you find yourself in trouble and look for Him, He will be there. He knows. We can rest in that. How beautiful is His love for us! We can move forward in 2017 knowing that God is aware of us and all that is going on in our lives. We are not alone!
If you are in a place needful for deliverance or desperate for transformation know God will meet you there. He sees us and He knows.