These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Are you searching the scriptures?
There was always a teacher in school the students really liked. It was because of the teaching method. He listened to the questions each student asked. She always said, “there are no stupid questions”. He explained things so clearly. Most students wanted her for every subject.
As a believer, you go to church, bible studies or any other venue where the word is taught and/or shared. Why do you go? What do you do with the information you get? Are you among those who write notes and never go back and read them? In situations where you can gain biblical knowledge, including this one, you have the responsibility to go to God for yourself.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. (Amplified Bible AMP)
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. New American Standard Bible NASV)
The Lord is better than the best teacher you have ever had. He knows you. He knows what you know. He knows what you don’t know. He knows how you learn. He knows what will trip you up and what He can tell you and you will understand immediately. Your desire for knowledge needs to be as passionate as His desire to teach you is.
Psalms 42:1-2 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? ( KJV)
Seek Him until you reach Him. Ask Him if there is a connection in your spirit. If there is, reach for more. If there is not, ask Him what you need to do to create one.
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied”. (Amplified Bible AMP)
Be the one who wants to know what is true for yourself. Be willing to search until you find it.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, whenever I hear Your word being shared, I want to know what You are speaking to me specifically. I repent for those times when I did not stop and seek You because I thought a connection was made in my spirit and because I was excited about what I was hearing. Though I could sense what I believed was Your presence. I should have prayed to make sure it was You and not my emotions. There are also times when I questioned what I heard. In those times, though skeptical, I repent for not coming to You for clarity. Now I come to You. I’m grateful I can. If there is an error in the presentation, You will show me where the error is. You have also shown me sometimes it is me who caused my confusion and kept the truth from being clear. I did not have understanding and/or I had drawn inaccurate conclusions. I submit myself to You. You give me clarity and remove the confusion. Thank You. I don’t have to follow, blindly and without questioning, what’s being given to me. It does not matter what position, what title, and/or how much respect I have for the person giving the presentation. I have You. You are the final word in every matter. No matter what I feel about what is being said, I am thankful I can come to You. Father, today is my birthday and I would be remiss if I did not thank You for my life and for the opportunity to write this devotional. May it continue to bless others as it has blessed me…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.