You might not feel like a VIP, but you are. If you are in communication with God, you have access, through his Spirit, to all areas. And I mean, ALL areas.
There’s this brilliant story in the Bible where the King of Aram keeps getting scuppered in all his plans to overcome Israel. He gets very frustrated. He’s sure there must be a spy in their midst, and demands to know who it is. Here’s what was actually happening:
“Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, ‘I will set up my camp in such and such a place.’
The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: ‘Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.’ So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God.
Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, ‘Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?’
‘None of us, my lord the king,’ said one of his officers, ‘but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.’” (2 Kings 6:8-12)
Elisha, the prophet and man of God, was getting tipped off by the Almighty, who could see everything, everywhere, because he was everywhere, filling everything. Where can you go from God’s Spirit? Nowhere. There is no escape, as Jonah found to his great angst. God was even there to care for him in the belly of a whale in the depths of the deep.
God sees all, knows all, and hears every word spoken in every private chamber. He is the ultimate super spy.
Traversing walls again
It didn’t stop with the King of Aram. The Messiah went on to cause quite the commotion in the New Testament. Ostensibly dead and buried, he appeared, uninvited, in a private, locked room.
“While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish.” (Luke 24:36-42)
The disciples thought Jesus was a ghost – a wafty, flimsy spirit. Less real than them. But, as my friend Kalevi said, when a knife goes through butter, which is the more solid of the two? The thing that is passed through, or the thing that is passing through it? Jesus is far more real and solid than the atoms of the earthly walls that one might foolishly think to be impenetrable.
Our God goes through walls.
He is not stopped by any border, wall or division. He does not need permission to march into the rooms – or even the minds – of leaders, kings and rulers. Their hearts are like water in his hands.
God does not need to tap telephones or install CCTV to know what’s going on in top level meetings. He does not need a special pass to enter the Oval Office. He’s just there, all the time. He is not just a VIP, he is the MIP – the Most Important Person, with access to all areas.
But here’s the crazy thing: we have the ear of this MIP.
The ultimate VIP pass
People all across the Middle East are experiencing Jesus showing up in their homes. Villagers in Jordan, housewives in Iran, a Palestinian judge of Shari’a law… Jesus appears to them, right in their rooms. An Arab pastor happened to be actually on the phone with that guy in the West Bank while he was seeing this remarkable sight.
“Tell Jesus not to move!” Pleaded the pastor, “I’m coming over!” But when he arrived, the lounge was back to normal. The Shari’a judge, however, did not return to normal. He, like countless others, has been forever changed by his encounter with the risen Jesus.
Omnipresent and omnipotent, God can work wonders anywhere, anytime, with anyone.
We can ask him to act. We can ask him to move in the highest echelons of society, or indeed the lowest. He can be in the Queen’s chambers in Buckingham Palace, or a corrugated iron shack in a Brazilian favela. He can sit among the students in the strictest yeshiva in Jerusalem, and he can meet Muslims in the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. He can go into cabinet meetings in the Knesset, or march right into the Hamas headquarters in Gaza.
Moreover, like Elisha, we can ask God for his insight into what is really going on behind the scenes. Truth is getting harder and harder to discern, but God sees it all. He knows who said what, who did what, and what is going on in the hearts and minds of leaders around the world. He also knows what is coming next. We need to keep our ears trained to the throne and our eyes fixed on our Master, ready to perceive his movements and act in line with his will.
Don’t neglect this extraordinary treasure you have in your possession: your two-way VIP prayer pass. All authority has been given to Jesus, and he has invited us to enter the very throne room of God.
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:7-8)
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