We Have Heard For Ourselves

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I was raised in a strong Christian home. My mother and father met while at seminary. Both came from long lines of faith. So it was almost natural that at a young age I asked Jesus into my heart. As I got older my faith stayed strong and grew as I saw the truths I was taught as a child manifested in my own life.

The Gospel of John recounts a story, in chapter 6, of Jesus passing through a village in Samaria. The disciples go into town to buy and Jesus remained at near the well on the outskirts of the city to rest up from the journey. A woman came by to draw water from the well and entered into conversation with Jesus. It soon became clear to the woman that Jesus was someone special, and she went back into town and told the people there, “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this not the Christ, is it?”

Many of the townspeople believed in Jesus because of the woman had told them. Jesus stayed in that town for two days, teaching and answering the peoples’ questions. “Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”

Sometimes things become clearer, almost “more” true, when they learn or experience them for ourselves. This “hearing for ourselves” can go a long way in combatting doubt. And doubt is something that most of us will experience at same point or points in our walk of faith.

Often times in midst of doubt we feel guilty and if we own up to doubting to the wrong people can be made to feel even more guilt. But God is big enough for our doubt. He welcomes our questions and questioning so that we can experience His truth for ourselves. A recent study by the Barna Group shows that over half of Christians who have experienced doubt say their faith was made stronger by working through that doubt.

The Psalms contain many chapters that express doubt and feelings of being abandoned by God, only to show that He is with us through even our darkest hours. This week I’ll be sharing from one of those Psalms, chapter 6, during Mid Day Prayer Time, every weekday around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

Mon 07/31               Psalms 19:1-2
Tue 08/01                Psalms 19:3-4
Wed 08/02               Psalms 19:5-6
Thu 08/03                Psalms 19:7-8
Fri 08/04                  Psalms 19:9-10

Infographics: Barna Group

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