Learning from the Bible will lead you to salvation, wisdom, healing and joy, even in difficult circumstances.
“Learned” and “left“ are the significant words in today’s lesson:
John 4:3 When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.
When you think about it, these words seem strange when they are used to describe Jesus. How does the Son of God learn anything? Does He look it up in a religious book or encyclopedia? Or go ask the Pharisees? (I don’t think so!)
Since He was the Son of God, Jesus had some pretty special connections, so I bet if He wanted, He could just go straight to the top!
Let’s see how we ourselves can find God by learning.
If you’re at all like me, you may have had seasons in your life when you tended to use others’ opinions, rather than God, as your plumb line for advice. One is fickle; the other is infinite. When my earthly father talks to me, I listen, (although he may question that statement!) but I really pay attention to my heavenly Father! The Pharisees could have eliminated a lot of grief in their lives if they had just asked Jesus what was going on. Honesty, openness and authenticity go a long way in eliminating games in relationships. In this verse, Jesus is telling us to not rely exclusively on what we hear from others, but at least sometimes, to learn for ourselves.
Speaking of learning, did you know that the word “disciple” actually means learner?
We are first and foremost disciples of Jesus Christ. Yes, we learn from our church leaders, but our first allegiance is to Christ. We can almost always assume our pastors, spiritual directors, and bible study teachers have the best intentions, but at times even they can mislead us. Always check what you hear against the Word of God, especially when your spirit senses that something you hear may not be quite right.
Jesus knew the truth, because Jesus was Truth in person—and He still is today! When we are His disciples, it’s our responsibility to keep learning through Bible reading, prayer, studies, and most importantly, through our personal relationship with Him by visiting Him at the Well daily. A lack of learning and growing results in an emptiness deep down inside. I hope today you will be finding God by learning something new in His Word.
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