During trying times, our goal should be to constantly see God’s power around us even when it does not seem to work in our favor. This is a proactive step where we go against every grain of our emotions and earnestly seek His goodness. If we truly seek Him, Christ reveals Himself in ways that enhance our belief in Him.
In John 4:28-54, different people come to believe in the Messiah yet it was not a result of things that happened directly to them, rather due to the earnest seeking of the Lord through others. In the previous blog we learnt of the power in seeing God work in others as well as Him answering us in a different way than we expect. However our problems sometimes seem to be in need of a personal touch; we need a sense of comfort that someone understands what we are going through and empathizes Fortunately, God provides this comfort that our loved ones at times cannot give-through His Word.
The one place that God speaks to all of us is in the Word. Our levels of understanding might differ depending on what He is communicating at a personal level but all the same, He speaks. God has given us a standard of which He is and what He can do in our lives in the scripture and our part is to seek understanding. Often we try reading scripture but when it “does not make sense” we simply give up, unfortunately this only serves to worsen the problem as we are likely to withdraw from reading and exploring God’s Word.
Reading God’s Word is a proactive thing that goes beyond the bare minimum but all the way to seeking what it means and having eager expectation. The more I understand what God’s Word has to say about different situations, the more prepared I am to handle different things.
We fail to understand because we do not ask for help! Look at the bible as a treasure chest full of precious stones cast in the deep sea a long time ago. Unless you ask for expert help, you may never know the true value of this treasure and end up not enjoying what you have. Reading the bible without expert help is the same thing, it becomes a book of vain words without any correlation to our daily lives. It is no wonder many see the bible as irrelevant to their lives, simply put they do not understand the value of the treasure they possess.
The number one expert is God Himself. Bible reading culture has been turned to resemble that of reading novels yet it is far from it. If our aim is to find relevance and see God in our situations through the Word, we need to ask for His guidance as we read. Do not just dive into the Word; pray and ask Him to reveal what He wants you to pick out then constantly meditate on small chunks at a time, relating them to your day-to-day life. As this becomes a habit the big picture in every scripture begins to reveal itself and this is where the value of the treasure lies.
Other expert opinions are our spiritual leaders and reading materials that are based on devotions. These serve as a guide in moulding our thought process and makes what seems so far-fetched to have more meaning. Our sense of curiosity is increased as we want to read the Word and discover it for ourselves. Still on the treasure analogy, see them as archaeologists who have seen the precious stones before or read about them and they give your such an incredible estimate of their worth that it pushes you to finding out their true value.
The Samaritans in the passage not only came to see Jesus Christ, but they went further to seek time to spend with Him. It was not enough that they had from the woman but they sought one-on-one encounters with Christ which pays off big time. They sought to understand Jesus from what He had to say about Himself.
John 4:40-42 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His word. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”
God is asking for tender hearts which know they need help. Assuming that I will get what scripture has to say without His guidance is destined to fail. Seeking God through the scripture simply means acknowledging my incompetence and asking for help.
So how do we keep my eyes on God when they are full of tears? Ask him to speak to us through His word. For more insight on how to read and internalize God’s Word, check out this link.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
God has a plan for us despite our circumstances, but we need to ask Him what it is and seek it out.
- I Want to Start Sharing the Gospel, But Now What? (defendingcontending.com)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.