Hearing Becomes Believing
Posted: Friday, May 15
1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
Verse of the day:
“…many who heard him say these things believed in him.” (John 8:30)
The disciple John made a simple observation about this day that many “believed in [Jesus]”. He stated, they first “heard Him.” What’s significant about this is that Jesus taught some truth that was seriously hard to swallow. In a day when faith seems to be in short supply, I wonder, are we listening to Him?
In his 2008 article, “People of the Book,” author and pastor John Ortberg states. "It’s a strange thing: the book [Bible] has never been so accessible. According to Guinness Book of Records, L. Ron Hubbard’s writings of scientology have been translated into 65 languages; the Koran is supposed to be read in Arabic so it hasn’t been translated as much; the Book of Mormon is in about 100 languages. But 2,656 languages have all or some of the Bible. Some 65 million copies of the Bible are brought or distributed in the U.S. every year--nothing else is a close second. The average house has at least three. People cheer the Bible, buy the Bible, give the Bible, own the Bible-they just don’t actually read the Bible. According to George Gallup: One Third of those surveyed know who delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Fewer than half can name the first book of the Bible; 80 percent of born-again Christians believe the phrase “God helps those who help themselves” is in the Bible (it’s Ben Franklin, if you’re curious). So I’m thinking a lot these days about how to help the people that God brings my way to know and love the book."
Where’s your faith at today? What mountains stand before you? Most importantly, what does God have to say about it? Friends, God desires for you and me to be people of big faith. And big faith is a by-product of hearing God’s Word.
Take one of the following challenges today:
1. Be a person that knows the book. If you’ve never done so before, commit to reading the entire Bible in a year..
2. If you find yourself facing a mountain, take some time to find out what God has to say about it. Search the Scriptures and respond accordingly.
3. If you know someone who is struggling without faith, give them a Bible. Let them know how God’s Word has been relevant and transformational in your life.