You can be ever learning, but never coming into the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:7)
I want to warn you of a trap. It is a snare that we all must be aware of. We can so busy ourselves in doing God’s work and learning His Word that we can actually miss HIM.
Jesus said, “Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me, And ye will not come to me that ye may have life.” (John 5:39,40)
It is not Scripture that gives us life…it is the experience behind the Scripture that gives us life. It’s Jesus that gives life. The Scripture acts as a doorway to get to Him. They light our path to Him. (Psalm 119:105)
“Ever learning” means you read the Bible, study it, and even believe it to be true, but even the devils know and believe (James 2:19) so knowing and believing isn’t enough! What it means to “come into the knowledge of the truth” is to experience the truth in your heart! That means you experience Jesus, the Living Word, the Word wrapped in flesh, the Truth, the Way, the Life in your heart as the Scripture is opened to you and becomes an experience to you!
The Bible is alive and active! (Hebrews 4:12) It’s not just another book to read and learn from. It’s an experience. If you have never experienced the Bible as being alive, I want to encourage you that if you desire it to come to life for you, it will.
In the past I had many “blocks” in my heart that kept me from really being able to experience the Scripture this way. I would read it, but had so protected my heart from many, many disappointments in my life that I was unaware I was keeping the Word out of my heart as well. To be honest, I was afraid to trust. “What if I put my hope in the One that will never fail me and He doesn’t come through for me,” was a subconscious thought I had embraced. No one else really has come through for me, so what if God doesn’t? These past hurts keep a wall up around your heart that you think is protecting you, but it is really keeping you “ever learning, but never being able to come into the knowledge of the truth”.
Will you be willing to take down that wall today and risk to trust in the One who will never let you down? I am a living testimony that even when everyone else has failed you, He will not. Those are not just words on a page in the Bible, those words point to the Living Word whose name is Jesus and He will show up in your life, if only you will be willing to take down the wall you’ve had up for so long. Maybe that wall was built for survival at one time in your life, but now that time is long gone, but the wall remains.
Prayer to God
Father God, I have built a wall of self-protection from that time in my life when I was hurt. Please bring those who have hurt me to the surface of my heart by name. Help bring this pain to the surface and take it from me. I ask for your help to truly forgive them in my heart for ___________________. It was wrong and it hurt, but I want to be free from it. Help me to forgive them fully in my heart. Because of this my ability to trust has been wounded. Please heal this wound in me so I can trust again. I long to trust in You and experience Your Word the way You have longed for me to. Bring the Word to life in a real way to me. I desire to experience Your Word as alive and active in my life. I invite you in to come and change me. Help me come to experience the knowledge of the truth of who You are and Your love for me.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.