You know, there’s those moments where things just seem to be off in my life, which are just signs from God telling me I am doing way too much and losing sight of who I am living this life for. I experienced that feeling last week and felt I was overdue for much needed alone time with God. Although I read my daily scriptures, I want to get better at making it a priority of setting time aside to properly sink my teeth into the word and spending quality time in His presence. So, I did just that.
A few days ago, I prayed and focused my reading in John while carefully taking notes. My reading was smooth and I was very easily taking everything in until I came across a few scriptures that literally had me shook. It was John 5:39-40 where Jesus says:
” 39 You study the Scriptures, because you think that in them you will find eternal life. And these very scriptures speak about me! 40 Yet you are not willing to come to me in order to have life.”
Jesus actually directed this statement towards the Jewish leaders who believed in God but not Jesus as the Messiah, yet for some reason after reading this I felt convicted.
My conviction was to the point where I found myself staring at those two scriptures for several minutes reading them over and over again. On one hand, one can understand these scriptures to be geared towards non-believers of Christ or possibly non-Christians, but on the other hand, what about us Christians who read the word and yet still don’t come to Him for our everyday needs?
Sometimes, we (Christians) believe that by reading as much of the bible that we possibly can and being able to recite the most scriptures off the top of our dome will grant us access to eternal life but we fail to truly trust the one who brings meaning to the word: Christ. Truthfully speaking, I’m not trusting God as much as I should. I was feeling the way I was feeling last week because I was reading my word and then turning to myself, people, or the world for strength and answers to my problems. Ultimately, I was believing in the practice of reading scriptures and not so much the power of Jesus but it’s okay as long as I read my scriptures, right? WRONG!
Scriptures can never save me because Christ already has!
Relying on man and the world who can barely help themselves is not putting me on the path of eternal life but rather the opposite. I need to trust in the one who these scriptures are about. I need to actually trust in God’s will, the changes He can make in my life and the desires He can fulfill. Most importantly, letting Him do what He does best, which is being AWESOME!
In the words of John, “No one can have anything unless God gives it to him” (John 3:27), and this includes the growth I desire in the area of trusting in the Lord. This by no means will be easy but I know that I can’t walk this walk without Him so I need to practice leaning on His strength and not my own. I thank God for this revelation and putting this message on my heart because I needed this more than I even knew. The complacency in this walk is too easy to get trapped into but it’s moments like this that humble me and give me a deeper love and respect for God.
Until next time loves, stay blessed!