Day 17~ John 7-9
“Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.” (John 8:22)
This verse stuck out to me because it’s kind’a sad, don’t you think?
One commentary described the group of people Jesus was talking to as a group of “learned men, interpreters of their sacred books; people that are in intellectual and moral bondage”. Doesn’t that sound like a description of some people today? Do you know anyone who is in “intellectual bondage’? I do! These type of people get caught up in all sorts of worldly thinking; feasting on books written from secular view points. They thrive on the latest, newest way of thinking. The last thing they would want to consider feeding on would be the Bible (that’s too archaic!).
But then…as I was pondering this verse, I remembered other Bible verses. “..those who seek me find me.” (Prov. 8:17) and Jesus said to others, “…seek and you will find.” (Matt 7:7)
Well,….which is it? Jesus says these guys won’t find him and they will die in their sin….🤔…….but he also says, seek and you will find….
Then I came across a qualifying verse that expanded the meaning of all these scriptures!!!
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
Ohhhhh, I see! There is a difference in how one seeks!
Jesus is telling the people he was talking with and he is telling us today through this story, you can not just seek Jesus with your intellect. There is no guarantee you will find him. Search for him with “all your heart” and there is a guarantee that you will find him!
So how do you seek with “your heart”?
I look at it like this. Say you do a Google search to learn about someone you are about to meet. You learn where they came from, their ancestry, how many siblings they have, their address, etc. At that point you may feel like you know the person, but you really don’t. You haven’t even met them yet! It’s in conversations, maybe over a meal, that you put the effort in to share your heart with them and they do the same with you. That’s when you really start knowing that person.
That’s seeking with your heart.
Sadly, the one’s in ‘intellectual bondage’ have settled with just the Google search…..That’s particularly sad after reading the verse that stuck out to me today.😔