Get Into the Word: Matthew 13:1-3, 10, John 14:6
"On that day Jesus went out of the house and was sitting by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat down, while the whole crowd stood on the shore. Then He told them many things in parables... Then the disciples came up and asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Have you ever gotten lost?
I have. Though armed with GPS and my maps app, I still managed to get turned around more than once. I had the address but I didn’t arrive without a desperate phone call, asking a stranger for directions and making more U-turns than I can count.
I might not have arrived if it weren’t for asking.
I don’t know about you, but even on the most familiar paths, I can still get turned around, confused, or downright lost.
Have you ever felt turned around or confused while reading the Bible?
Me too. I’ve skimmed over names I can’t pronounce. I’ve finished entire chunks without a clue as to what I just read. I’ve felt like one truth contradicted another.
Perhaps somewhere along the way we believed asking questions was stupid instead of smart. So instead of asking, we slam the cover closed, shelve the Bible, and go find something we can succeed at, like watching Netflix.
But then Netflix asks if we’re still there and we feel even less alive and satisfied than when we started. Why?
We get into the Word because to live alive, we must live the Truth.
But how do we live the truth when it’s confusing?
We take a page from the disciples and we ask.
Parables were metaphorical narratives— earthly stories with hidden heavenly meanings. Out of the crowd of people who heard Jesus, only the disciples came to Him to inquire of Him. Jesus gave understanding to the few who were willing to keep asking, seeking, and knocking.
Are you willing to ask? Our independent culture is uncomfortable with asking because it reveals neediness. Asking is admitting you cannot accomplish something on your own. To get where we’re going, we must be willing to ask Jesus for understanding and press on, trusting He will give it.
How do we know Jesus wants to give understanding? The greatest commandment He gave was to love Him with all of our minds. To love Him, we must first know Him.
So ask! Who better to help us understand the truth and the way to life than the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life?
A cultivated heart is one that continually brings Him the questions and continues pressing on while waiting for answers.
Talk to God:
HE: Thank Him for the invitation to ask, seek and knock
ME: Confess: When I find myself confused/overwhelmed/maddened by the Bible, I…
WE: Do what only You can do: open my mind so I can understand Scripture
Join the Conversation:
Are you more likely to ask Him questions, make suggestions or form assumptions? What is your biggest barrier to asking?
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