Here’s a post I read on Facebook. “When believers face discouragement and problems, they are not staying close to the Word of God.” Add that to my list of religious sayings. Or at least I believe it has some religious undertones behind the words. I might have said this years ago. Okay, I probably would have said this years ago with great religious fervor.
Do I believe this statement above? I do not believe that the Word of God can be used as some sort of mantra without the living Spirit of God flowing through the Word. When one is in the depth of pain, discouragement, or depression, just reading the Word of God may or may not help. Yet, when one is in this depth of pain, and goes to the Word, to have the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ, revealed to them by the Spirit of God, then it heals.
If I am in a depth of pain and discouragement and pick up my Bible to read, where does it lead me? It is words on a page that may be no different from reading a self-help book. The Book is not life. The Living Word, Jesus Christ, is life. He speaks words of spirit and life. What I am saying is that to say something like that with religious undertones puts a person under bondage, indicating that they are not reading enough, or praying enough or worshipping enough. That is ridiculous.
There are times in a person’s life when pain is evident and real. Weariness settles on a person, the best of Christians, the most studied of Christians, the most church attending Christians. There are times when the weariness settles in and what is one to do? Those are the times when rituals and traditions don’t cut it. Those are the times when you need the tangible presence of the Lord Jesus Christ to reach down and touch you, manifesting the beauty of His presence right where you are, right there.
It is at those times when love conquers your heart and you know that all will be okay. The Living Word of God speaks to you. He could say:
“Be still my child and know I am God.”
It is at those moments when love conquers your heart and you just know. Running to a book without a revelation of the person, the Living Word, and without the Spirit of God is ridiculous. I am learning, as a Christian for over 30 years, that I actually know nothing to very little at times when facing the complexity of the human condition. I just know Christ, and Him crucified. I am still in process and learning, so I am watching my own words very carefully when I speak. My way of doing things is often blown out of the water. I learn that my pat answers for the questions that humans are facing in this day and age often do not serve to penetrate the depths of their heart tensions. I know Jesus.
What am I saying? Not to read the Bible? No I am not saying that. Not to trust the Word of God? No I am not saying that either. Well, I guess at this point Jesus said it better than me.
“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 5:39-40 Message)
Words do not heal. They are just words. Jesus heals, the Living word, who speaks words that are spirit and they are life. Words that flow through our lives, one to another, when they are spirit and when they are life, heal and set free from Christ in us the hope of glory. I am learning that I detest pat religious answers. It just shows me that the person giving these pat answers may be ministering for the Lord, ministering around the world, have seminary degrees, read the Word inside and out and yet…perhaps they need an encounter with the Living Christ. Just some random thoughts today. Any comments? I just want to keep asking. I sense some of you have things to say.
In Christ, Debra Westbrook
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