As a believer, are you going through a famine while a feast is at your very fingertips?
At Seeking Scripture, we have tens of thousands of folks who read the Word together each and every day of the year and as we go through it each year, I’m SO thankful for the clarity of God’s Word.
However, I used to not see this clarity. I used to read something and then wait for someone else to tell me what it meant. All that changed one day when I came upon a verse that the Father used to open my eyes and, quite literally, change my life. It happens in daniel chapter ten. Daniel is standing on the banks of the Tigris, surrounded by his men, and he looks up and sees a messenger from the Almighty. Now, his men don’t see this, but they feel something so powerful that they are frightened and flee. These mighty warriors immediately run from something they can’t even see, and THAT is how powerful this presence was.
After we read about the messenger appearing Daniel tells us: “And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. “
From the moment you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God… That was the turning point for Daniel just as it is for each of us. Several places in the Word we are told that the father will give a spirit of understanding to those who seek Him, but in my younger days, I didn’t really understand how to do that. However, when we set our heart to understand and humble ourselves, God sends His Spirit as our guide and teacher – and gives us the example of Jesus in living it all out – and I have never met a man or woman with more abilities than these.
We do have to be careful, though, when reading, not to see what we have been told is there or what we want to be there, but to see what is actually there. This is where our confusion comes from, from not lining up our doctrine with God’s word but, rather, trying to make his word line up with our doctrine.
Remember, our God does not change, He said this Himself in Malachi 3:6. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And He understands what “forever” means
when he says it.
He has always been a God of Grace. All of those sacrifices we read about in Leviticus, that’s grace – because something else was dying for their sin rather than themselves. Sound familiar? Yeah, that’s Grace. In Genesis 6 we read that Noah found Grace in the eyes of YHWH. God showed Grace to the Israelites again and again. Grace to Daniel, Grace to Jacob, there are far too many examples for me to make mention of here. Scriptures are dripping with Grace. God has always been in the Grace business but we don’t understand that, or know Him, unless we read the Book He has given us.
Successful relationships have always been about a commitment between both parties. Let me say that again. Successful relationships have always been about a commitment between both parties.
We have, at this point in time, unprecedented access to Scriptures- more than any other generation in the history of mankind. We can have it in the palm of our hand. We don’t even have to turn
pages anymore if we don’t want to. With one touch we can bring up a verse, another a chapter. We can quickly see the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. We can even learn the original languages so as not to have to rely on an interpreter, online, free. Our access to the Word is ABSOLUTELY unprecedented. But Jesus reminds us in Luke 12:48 that to whom much is given much is required.
In Hosea 4:6 God tells us “My people perish for lack of knowledge…” and the knowledge is at our fingertips. But God didn’t give us the bible so have someone else read it for us. He wrote it for us – you, me, anyone who would seek after Him and desire to follow His will, to seek His heart.
To whom much is given much is required. I do believe that we will be judged based on how those who claim to follow him treat this blessed book. Amos 8:11 tells us “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. The famine is here – and the buffet is right in front of our eyes.
Jeremiah 15:16 says Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.
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