Hearing But Not Understanding

Hearing But Not Understanding

They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.  John 20:9

Hearing has never been a problem for me.  Understanding has.  For example, as a child, I heard that Jesus loved me but I did not understand the ramifications of that until midlife.  I heard that Jesus was powerful enough to perform miracles, leaving his spectators openmouthed, yet I didn’t understand that he might perform one for me.  I heard that Jesus was forgiving but I believed a few of my sins disqualified me.  These truths weren’t mine.  I didn’t claim them as mine.

I have since concluded that my greatest need is to take the truth and make it mine, personally.  I know too much.  I experience too little.  I can be saturated with information, while my heart shrivels from lack of application.

Jesus told his disciples repeatedly that he would die and three days later rise again.  Yet when Peter and John found the empty grave, they were stunned.  Why?  Hadn’t they been told?  John relates the reason: “They did not understand.”  They had heard the words but had failed to internalize them into their experience.

What keeps my faith purely intellectual?  Maybe I’m afraid to believe good news.  That I’m valuable to God.  That He longs for a relationship with me.  That fairy-tale love really does exist.  That I matter.  That I was created to house the glory of God.  What if I’m wrong?  Won’t the despair be overwhelming?

What truth have you heard but still don’t understand?  What hasn’t penetrated your heart yet?  Can you find one today – just one – on this Good Friday?  Jesus’ sacrifice was meant to completely sanctify us to such an extent that our entire belief system would be saturated with the good news of the Gospel.  It takes guts to believe – but God is up to the task of giving us faith beyond ourselves.

Expose any pockets of unbelief and give me courage to make every Word of Yours my own.  In Jesus name, Amen

2 thoughts on “Hearing But Not Understanding

  1. This came up as a memory on Facebook today. Loved this all over again and the beat goes on. It’s an adventure to fall in love over and over again. God is faithful.

  2. Three years ago, this was me in a nutshell. Thankfully, God was not put off. The journey since then has not been without anger, pain and distress. He has brought people into my life whom God has gifted to speak to the way I’m wired so that I not only hear but understand. Thoughts and words that brought pain and produced resistance to Him, no longer stick in my throat. My mind has been renewed and my heart of stone is gone. The truth was buried inside the stone and so words of praise and thanks made me feel like a hypocrite. But now, God is continuing His new work in me and those kind of words flow so naturally now and lift me up because now they are true and real to me. I am not the same person I was a year ago let alone three years ago. It took me 47 years to get it. And I am ever so thankful that He never gave up on me when I and others did. God has allowed Christine and the ministry He called her to, to be pivotal in this. His Word does not return void but accomplishes what He wills. I remember Christine saying something like: “God is in the resurrection business and that if I drew near to Him, I would see my own dead life resurrected”. It is true. That is what I am celebrating this Easter and it is sweet.

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