Encounter with divinity opens you up to what God originally designed you to be. You are to make the necessary adjustments to come into His reality.
An encounter will make you discover what God wants to make out of your life.
From the passage quoted, it took Zacheus to have that encounter with Jesus for his life to take shape and become a blessing instead of causing sorrow.
Like Zacheus, many of us had to pass through huddles and obstacles to get to Jesus. This man drew the attention of the Lord by His heart-felt willingness to submit to Christ and His steadfast desire to obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit through his conscience. Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.
You must understand that there are obstacles on the way to finding the Father’s will and purpose for our lives and to become His pleasure, which is His original plan for our creation. Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Pride, Idolatry, hero worship, materialism, anxiety, fear of rejection, etc are so many obstacles we must fight and conquer otherwise we may continue to follow Jesus without having a real encounter.
Not every one that followed Jesus that day got an encounter. Many were not ready to climb their sycamore tree of shame and vulnerability. In our world today, many throng the corridors of churches and spend enormous time and energy in different praying camps and mountains in search of Jesus. But they never find Him because they are only looking for Him to feed their selfish desires, and grant them material blessings and fame while still unwilling to let go of their sinful habits and lustful encumbrances.
Zacheus’s Encounter with Jesus removed deception and blindness to his sin. He saw himself in the face of Jesus as love and light shone on him. Salvation came not only to Him but his entire house because He decided to see Jesus.
May we seek him and find him even as he seeks us today in Jesus’ name. Amen.