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When You Mean Business

I read this scripture recently, Jesus said, “If you continue in my Word, then you are truly disciples of mine;  and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  John 8:31-32 NASB

It started me thinking about the amazing revelation of truth available to us when we spend time in the Word of God. Who doesn’t want to be enlightened by knowing the truth about something important to them? Who doesn’t need help facing or managing the sting of life’s realities? Who doesn’t look for ways to navigate the pathways of confusion in their minds, or seek freedom from a haunting thought? Who wouldn’t benefit from spiritual enlightenment that ultimately leads to a freer state of mind.

When we dedicate time to faithfully read the Bible, we connect with God in a deeper way, and we are given insight into things like never before. I initially experienced this years ago as a result of a decision I made to invest more time in my relationship with the Lord. I’m not a morning person, so I would normally read the Bible at night. However, to show God that I meant business I set my alarm for 5:00 a.m., grabbed coffee and Bible, and headed to the porch. What I encountered from that new routine was both informative and transformative!

  1. I became captivated by the person of Jesus Christ. The more I read, the more fascinated I became. Jesus exhibits disparate characteristics that are not typically found in any one person, e.g. justice and mercy, majesty and humility, judgment and compassion.  He is entirely human, entirely God, and exclusively unique. The Word of God revealed the real Jesus, not the one who I had imagined; and I fell in love with him. I fell in love with God.
  2. Jesus became a trusted companion, which meant a great deal to a person who carried the scars and distrust of betrayal. As I studied his fidelity, I began to welcome him into the secret places of my heart, unreserved and unafraid.
  3. I received timely guidance, wisdom, and even caution from the Lord as his words became personal and virtually conversational. God’s revelations of truth were staggering as I learned to hear his voice through my eyes on the page.

Abraham Lincoln said, “I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God’s Word because it finds me where I am.”   Those words, “… it finds me where I am,” highlight well how deeply personal this journey is.

These days I mostly read on a laptop or cell phone app, because they are so easily accessible. It doesn’t matter what means you use, or where you start on the page. Just set time aside to let God know you mean business, and experience your own revelation of truth!

John 1:14 NLV Christ became human flesh and lived among us. We saw his shining-greatness. This greatness is given only to a much-loved Son from his Father. He was full of loving-favor and truth.

Psalm 9:10 NIV Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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Lesson from a Rabbit

I took the back roads to work and as I rounded a bend the cars in front of me stopped abruptly, so I stretched my neck out of the window to find out why. Up ahead I noticed a large indistinct grayish blob in the middle of the road, which I concluded to be an injured cat.

Within moments the driver of the first car jumped out and carefully moved the blob to one side. To my surprise when he lifted it I could see that it was not a cat at all, but a large tortoise. With the tortoise safely placed in the brush, the traffic moved on. Shaking my head, I remembered a similar incident that occurred when I was about 10 years old.

I had a friend who owned 2 large white rabbits. She asked me to care for them while she was on vacation, so we moved their cage to our garage. Other than an occasional and frightful escape from the cage I loved caring for them. I would eagerly wait for school to end so I could rush home to my soft, cuddly friends.

One day however, I opened the garage door and was devastated by what I saw.  My eyes fell on a large, flat, white image smashed across the garage floor where the tire to my father’s truck had been! Oh no, the rabbit escaped again and was hit by dad’s truck. I screamed in panic, dropped the garage door, and ran into the house crying, “Daddy killed a rabbit”! My mom called my dad to give him a heads up, and spent the afternoon consoling me.

My father came home and headed straight for the garage. When he found me shortly thereafter I expected him to be solemn and apologetic, but that was not the case. He said, “Donna everything is fine, both rabbits are in the cage; what you saw was a white rag!”  Wow, was I ever shocked, and at the same time greatly relieved …oh, and solemn, and apologetic.

On this occasion and the day that the tortoise stopped traffic, I was convinced that my observations were correct – I actually believed that I saw an injured cat on the road and a dead rabbit in the garage. My perceptions, though inaccurate, had become my realities.

Putting aside the tortoise and the white rag, I wonder how often I have drawn the wrong conclusion about something important in life, or worse, about another person. The human mind can be duped, dazzled and disillusioned. We have the ability to be wrongly persuaded, and utterly convinced of the inaccurate and even the imaginary.

To our comfort there’s God who calls us to live in a dimension that craves, recognizes, and accepts truth, and he graciously gives us the tools that we need to do it.  – The (1) Bible is full of insightful and relevant guidance; and the (2) Holy Spirit accompanies us through  the journey of life, leading us away from error and toward the purest of reality.

And that’s the truth.

John 16:13 TLB When the Holy Spirit, who is truth, comes, he shall guide you into all truth, for he will not be presenting his own ideas, but will be passing on to you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.

John 17:17 NIV Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

John 8:32 ERV You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

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