We live in a confusing world, and many are lost. How does one find their way in such a world? The simple answer is read the Bible, for it will give you direction in life. Many do read the Bible, but instead of being found remain lost. This is because, instead of being led by what they read, they attempt to lead the Bible, and coincidently they try to lead it to where they already are!
Years ago I gave up arguing with God. I gave up telling Him what is right and what is wrong. Instead of arguing I began listening, and found myself praying, “Your will be done.” By shedding my arguments with God, I began to read the Bible with His eyes. By that I mean, I began to understand what the Bible meant when it was first written, glean the truths from the passage, and apply those truths to my life today. Amazingly I found myself no longer in disagreement with God, but found myself changing my mind, and being found by Him.
Today, I no longer expect God to change, but let Him change me. Through my surrender I no longer am lost.
“Jesus did not trust himself to them, for … He Himself knew what was in man” (John 2:24-25). Think how Jesus knew people: About John the Baptist he said, “I must increase, he must decrease.” Andrew asked, “Where are you staying?” He said “Come and you will see.”
Impetuous Peter denied him; He restored him. Philip would not come unless called, so He called him. His mother Mary; He corrected. To the intellectual Nicodemus He said, “You must be born again.” To the Samaritan woman who wanted to argue; He made her a messenger to her city. The nobleman whose son was ill; He healed him. The cripple at Bethesda; He stood him on his feet. The adulterous woman; He delivered her and charged her. A man born blind; He gave him sight. Lazarus, who was dead; He gave him life. Thomas was skeptical, so He was patient. Judas was a thief, so He exposed him. Mary Magdala was possessed with evil spirits, so He cast them out.
Here is the truth of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation; Jesus knows you. All things are naked and open to His eyes, and He loves you and is able to save you to the uttermost.
In chapters one and two of 1st John, the word abide appears nine times. When a word appears that frequently it means the author is trying to make a point. John’s point: In times like these if a Christian is to remain faithful to Jesus they must abide. Abide means to wait patiently for. As Tennyson put it, “I will abide the coming of my lord.”
How does one abide in Christ? You abide by spending time alone with God, reading the Bible, fellowshipping with Christians, and attending church. Many say, I get two days off from work and the whole church thing is a bit tedious, especially when I could be doing so many fun things.
There is an ancient story of the Spartan son who returned home and said to his aged father who bore the scars of many battles, “My sword is just a little too short for me.” The old man responded, “Add a step to it.” Do you feel your Christian walk is tedious, then add a step to your walk. You say your sword is too short for you to win, then add a step and take a harder thrust. In God’s name I commend you, add a step.
I saw one of those electronic billboards along the freeway. It is sponsored by a local church and the ad’s tag line reads, “Win at life.” I don’t know the context of their tag, so it may be on point, but at 65 mph I felt it was not.
I well imagine many people drive past the sign, read it and say in their hearts, “I just lost everything, my wife died of cancer, my son is ill, my husband was murdered, I’m addicted, I’m dying, or I can’t live with my pain anymore.” The farthest thing from their mind is playing another game, for to win implies one might lose, and they have already lost too much to play another game.
I thought of a Bible verse, “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him, if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deut 4:29). Here is God’s word to those I imagined; “If from there.” If from just where you are you will seek God, closer is He then breathing, and nearer than hands and feet. If from there you will seek God, you will find life.
Sought, and found,
The Bible consists of sixty-six books by about forty authors over a fifteen-hundred year period, and yet it is one book. Therefore, to the casual reader the Bible appears to be a book filled with contrarieties. In Acts 2 God funnels these contrarieties down and coalesces them into a sermon delivered by Peter.
Before this Peter had been an impetuous, braggadocios, self-seeking man, but here his mind had been opened to the meaning of the Bible and with this new found clarity he stood and delivered the first Gospel message. This is a tremendous passage of Scripture that is to be appreciated, for it is the first public proclamation of the Gospel message of what God had done.
Peter’s point: God has raised up Jesus to the heavenly realms and seated him at His right hand. Peter’s proof: This Jesus has gifted to us the Holy Spirit. Peter’s lesson: God has done this so we might know the incomprehensible riches and grace of God. Peter’s conclusion: The one who has the Son has life; the one who does not have the Son does not have life. Seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness, and all things will be given to you as well.