Listen to the Truth

Why are we so ignorant to listen to the ways of man and cling to the lies of this world?

John 10: 34-38

34 Jesus answered them, “Has it not been written in your Law, ‘ I said, you are gods’? 35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36 do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘ I am the Son of God’? 37  If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38 but if I do them, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in Me, and I in the Father.”

I can imagine Jesus snickering during this part.  He probably didn’t, but my prideful self would have certainly been judgmental about the hypocrisy He was witnessing.  He was referring to Psalm 82, which mentions the dominion man has over the earth and that the Jews are considered sons of God.  Yet here, Jesus is explaining that He is not ruled by the thoughts of man, but rather through the relationship He has with God as His Son and the Jews ridicule Him and prepare to stone Him.  Our pastor mentioned not too long ago in one of His sermons, “sometimes people are just looking for something to complain about.”  I see here the ignorance of man.  We are a stiff-necked people indeed.

The people are getting hung up on Jesus as a man, so He changes up His approach a bit, “don’t believe me because of what I’m saying alone, you have physical proof of what I am saying.”  How often do we challenge the deeds and words of man yet neglect the proof behind it?  For whatever reason, we doubt the person because of our own evil desires and selfish mentality.  This is why Jesus mentioned earlier that saying we can see is a sign of spiritual blindness because we see through a filter of self.

We are so quick to believe what some men say and neglect the words of others.  Why?  Because we cling to what we like to hear, not the truth.  We have evidence all around us of God’s existence and presence yet we neglect it because it makes us uncomfortable.  We deny Christ because it isn’t politically correct.  We ignore God because He doesn’t fit into our schedule.  We reject the Spirit because we cannot see it.  It is amazing how we are so quick to believe a lie but when confronted with the truth, we flee.

How have you been denying the truth lately?  Why do you accept lies so easily? Our contentment with worldliness is an illusion of happiness.  Real joy comes from knowing and accepting the truth of God’s love.

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