“Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you have told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” John 4: 42
I truly love reading the Word of God. So many times a line or two will pop off the page and speak to me. One such verse is the one above when our pastor discussed it in service this past Sunday. It strengthened my belief that we need to be in His Word regularly, we need to go to service (if physically able) and to be in fellowship with other Christians.
One of the disagreements I have with some family members is the need to read and get to know the Bible. My thought on it is; if you don’t know what the Word says for yourself, how do you know that your priest or pastor is stating God’s truth? Or anyone else for that matter. The Bible wasn’t left for us by God to be read by only a select few. NO! NO! NO! It is for you and I. It is God’s letter to each and every one of us.
Even the Bible tells us that we need to be in the Word; Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”; 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”; Matthew 4:4 ‘Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
The Bible tells us how we get to know God; Romans 1: 20 “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,”; Romans 2: 14-15 “or when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts”.
It tells us how to know His will; 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
And it tells us to be defenders of our faith; 1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”
The reason the scripture at the beginning of this spoke to me is because at the time the people of Samria (with the Samaritan woman) had the physical Jesus. We don’t. And they had to have seen a change in the Samariatan woman when she came running back into the town- before they met Jesus for themselves. I really don’t think it was just her words that brought them runnng to see Him. She was an outcast, rejected by the people (especially the ladies I’m sure)-they avoided her and she avoided them. It makes me think about how Moses’ face glowed after coming down the mountain. His face shone because He was in the presence of God. It was not something that could be hidden. Just think about it…when you met the love of your life for the first time, getting the dream job, holding your baby for the first time. People around you notices that there was something different about you. She must have had something like that going on.
Unfortunately we don’t get to have the physical Jesus in front of us, not until He brings us home. What we do have is His Word. His love letter to us. His manual for our day to day lives. He still speaks to us through the Bible. I can tell you from personal experience that reading the Bible to get to know God changes your life. The only scripture I knew before I gave my life to Him eight years ago is John 3:16…who doesn’t know that one?! In no time at all I lost the desire to be in any other type of book. As an example, I used to be a huge Stephen King fan. I read all his books. I can’t read more than a couple of pages now. And in turn I know more scripture than I tend to realize.
John 4:42 states this so well…we may be able to plant the seeds of God’s love and someone else to ‘harvest’ a new believer but at the end of the day the One to make the real difference is going to be Jesus. It’ll be Jesus through the examples of believers and most importantly through His Word that brings people to Him.
God is just so crazy good! Amen?!
Have a blessed day.
In Jesus’ precious name.