Here’s something I penned over the weekend:
“The promises of God rest, apparently like meaningless words on lifeless pages of the Bible, until they are recognized as greatly relevant to the life and destiny of the God-hungry soul.”
Even real Christians must honestly admit that too often the words of the Bible do not appear very relevant to our lives. One reason so many Bibles are dust-covered is because for any number of reasons we do not presently perceive there is incredible and immediate relevancy to what lies within. This is a spiritual perception issue.
Look at this picture. What impact would this sign have on you in the context in which it is found?
The reality that there is no lifeguard on duty in the dead of winter is irrelevant. This is because of the frozen condition of the lake. But when summer comes, and the lake thaws, the sign suddenly is incredibly relevant to a great number of people. Right?
One reason why we fail to perceive the great relevancy of God’s word to us is the frozen condition of our hearts. Unless our hearts are awakened from the winter of sin and self’s dominion, we cannot begin to see God’s truth for what it really is.
Another image will help capture this idea:
Many people would simply walk on past this booth. But someone who is middle-aged, and perhaps has recently had a doctor’s appointment, may immediately see the offer of free cholesterol screening as very relevant to their lives.
The spiritual reality is that everyone on the planet has spiritually clogged arteries! We all have sick hearts that need what only God can provide.
But it is so easy to simply go through life feeding on all the stuff that’s actually killing us, with very little awareness or concern for the long-term effects of it.
Then comes a heart-attack. Or a close friend dies. Or a blood test comes back positive. Suddenly we realize how relevant cholesterol is to our longterm health. It has always been relevant, actually. But we just weren’t aware of it.
In a similar, but positive way, it is the same with God’s promises. They are life to us. Without them we will not be established in God’s purposes and flourish. We may get along in the world for a season without them. But we will not grow in Christlikeness and experience the radical reality of God’s life in this world.
May God grant that the ministry of His Spirit will awaken in us a proper hunger for and awareness of the incredible power and promises found in the sacred Scriptures. Amen.