Taking His Word For It

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Sometimes my "Bible study" time is a bit random. Not really random in how often (I try to find some time daily), but random in the things I find - the way things strike me.

For some reason, my phone displayed this verse when I opened my YouVersion app.  No, it wasn't the daily verse, so I'm not sure why it opened on that particular verse.  This is what I read:

"There things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."  John 16:33

My first thought was that I find this a comforting verse - that we may find our peace in Christ within the turbulence of the world.

My second thought was … "What were 'these things' that were being referred to?"

So I went back to look at the chapter.

What struck me was the number of times Christ repeated this phrase: "These things I have spoken to you …" 

They are in verse 1, verse 4, verse 25, and verse 33.

It seemed necessary to go back to John 15 to understand what exactly was being spoken about.

Then it dawned on me.

I began to think of all the times God has felt so far removed from me.  All of the times I have felt He was silent, and I was alone.

I overlooked the obvious.

God is always speaking to me.

He says so over and over - and often through His son.

No, the words are not being actively spoken to me.

But they have been spoken.

When I feel God is far away, when I feel alone, the truth is that He is no further away from me than His word.  Don't take that lightly, dear reader.  Don't brush it away.

Over and over in Chapter 16 we are told, "These things I have spoken to you."  He spoke them.  The words continue to speak.

As a saying I once heard (But didn't really understand at the time) says, "If God feels far away … guess who moved?"

He is speaking to you now.  Today.  In this moment in time.

You need only look to His Word to hear them.

"These things I have spoken to you (each one of you!!!),  that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

So, I guess today is a bit of a challenge I am tossing out.  Have you looked for the things He has spoken to you?  Have your found the promises He makes?  Are you holding onto His word for dear life?

Because that is exactly where we will find life.

In His Word.

Father God, I am ashamed to say that sometimes I take my Bible for granted.  It has become somewhat a normal part of my world.  I forget that in these blessed words I can find comfort, I can find peace - and I can find You, when I look.  Forgive me for the days I have said You were far away, for the days I have said You were silent.  Help me to remember that You are always speaking to me through Your word.  It is up to me to search out those words and listen.  Amen and amen.

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