Today’s One Year Bible Reading for May 10th is 1 Samuel 8:1-9:27, John 6:22-42, Psalm 106:32-48 and Proverbs 14:34-35. While I enjoyed all of these readings, I was able to narrow my focus down to a single passage of Scripture that I could explore through the S.O.A.P. note Bible study format. It was John 6:35-37.
Jesus replied, ‘I am the bread of life, Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. However, those the Father has given me will come to me and I will never reject them.’ John 6:35-37 (NLT)
The first thing thing that struck me about this passage was that so many of Jesus’ contemporaries did not know who he really was. For a long time not even the disciples knew! For me, this is an interesting analogy for our time. Almost everyone has heard of Jesus. Many believe, as I once did, that Jesus was a great teacher like many other great teachers through time but they don’t accept Him as the Son of God. In other words, they don’t really believe in Him.
In today’s Scripture Jesus calls believers “those the Father has given me.” The idea that we are given to Him by the Father implies that we have been chosen by God. That He will never reject us tells us that this is forever.
What spoke to me most about John 6:35-37 is the idea that we are chosen by God and will never be un-chosen. And the timing for this message couldn’t be better. I have been struggling lately and I feel the God has been speaking to me about my feelings of unworthiness through His Word. Today’s verse is one example of this, a second example follows.
Our Church Bible study group is currently studying the book of Hosea. If you’re not familiar with this book, as I wasn’t, it is about the prophet Hosea who God commands to marry a “promiscuous woman” named Gomer. It is made clear that this unfaithful woman symbolizes Israel. That Hosea chose her means that God chose the Israelites and through Jesus all believers. So last night the point was made that we are all chosen this way – whether we feel worthy or not. So to me, today’s passage and the point made last night are very similar.
This means a lot to me because I am undergoing a process of personal sanctification right now and it isn’t always easy. Every week in fact, I am convicted of something that just didn’t even seem wrong to me a few months ago. Now however such things feel completely out of character. We are made new in Jesus but sometimes it takes time for our lives and personal habits to catch up. To me, however, the ‘out of character’ feeling does speak to the fact that our transformation, our newness is real.
Next time I’m strugglingI am going to read John 6:37 and remind myself that God chose us and gave us to Jesus when we were still sinners and He loves us just as we are. He will not reject us.
Heavenly Father. Thank you for choosing me and thank you for your promise to never reject me. Please forgive me for all I have done and help me realize my new identity in Christ. Help me to remember that I do not have to earn your love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Tomorrow’s One Year Bible Reading for May 11th is 1 Samuel 10:1-11:15, John 6:43-71, Psalm 107 1:43 and Proverbs 15:1-3.
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