You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want. John 5:38-40 ( The Message)
Recently, we took a family bike ride through the college campus where my husband and I met. I was getting my Masters degree and he was finishing up his undergraduate courses years ago when our paths first crossed. As we rode through the campus we showed our children were we met, were I had worked as a student and a professional, where we took classes and told them all about the University.
They asked so many questions. “What did you do on your dates? Did you have sleepovers? What movie did you watch?” And our youngest wanted to know who babysat them while we were on our dates. The Universe does revolve around them, right?
They were asking lots questions to find more about their mom and dad, but beyond that. . . through our answers we were revealing a side of us they had not seen before. The “before children” people that we use to be. We were also teaching them about what you do on dates and how love can evolve into marriage and children.
Our Heavenly Father wants us (His children) to ask Him questions. He wants us to dive into His Word, His past, His promises and His character so that He can reveal to us who He was, who He is and who He always will be. One great way that has helped me dig through scriptures and allow God to reveal things to me is the dictionary. I know it sounds elementary, but give me a chance.
When you read a scripture, John 10:10 for example is one we hear all the time. Have you broken it down and looked up the words?
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
In other words the thief (Satan) comes to destroy (to burn, to neutralize, to injure, to defeat), (Christ) comes so we can have life and have it to the full (completely filled, ample, over sized, past capacity).
Just by taking the time to look up two words and dwell on their meaning this scripture comes alive and reveals more to me than it ever has. You know, it isn’t that we don’t know what destroy and full mean – it’s just that when we take the time to look them up and read the definition the meaning sinks in. I have listed a couple more scriptures, most of us have heard many times, below that you can “look up” this week as you do your daily devotions. I encourage you to drag out your dictionary and give it a try. I pray God will reveal to you a new truth from His heart.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10