Astonished

Matthew 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”

If we’re not careful, we will miss much.

The Christian life is chock full of gems and nuggets of wisdom for the seeker to find. We must put in the effort to look. Our enemy subtly lures us away from our relationship with God by putting things in front of us that may not be outright sinful.

Periodically, we must take the time to step back and view our life as God sees it. That can only come by careful examination with the Word of God.

Matthew 22:33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.”

When was the last time we were astonished by what we read in the Bible?

What was the last “new” truth God revealed to you?

It may be that it has been there all along, but we have refused to see it or have been too distracted by other things that we passed right by. Many have heard the illustration of how to boil a frog.

You put a frog in boiling hot water, and he will jump right out. You put him in a pot of cold water and gradually turn up the heat, and he will remain in that pot till he is boiled to death.

You and I grow comfortable with our surroundings. We work diligently to surround ourselves with things that add to that comfort. More often than not, they are not sinful in and of themselves. But, if they keep us from our relationship with our Heavenly Father, it has the potential to become sin.

Some lament that the Christian life is hard. We do err, not knowing the scripture.

Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.”

What truly struck me today was reading how the teachings and preaching of Jesus caused the common folk to be astonished. He pulled back the curtain on the Pharisee’s teachings as unscriptural and showed them the truth, clearly and plainly.

I had to ask myself, “When was the last time I was astonished at something I read or heard from the Word of God?”

Dear reader, I can tell you that in the writing of Daily Manna, I have fallen into my daily reading as seeking something that would be a good read or touch a common point with most children of God.

My heart began to grow cold as I sought to lift the writing of this blog higher than my relationship with my Heavenly Father. Daily Manna is not sinful. But if the writing of it becomes more significant than the effect of the Word of God and my relationship with God, then I have made this blog of more importance.

I have had to approach my reading for me, asking God to speak to my needs and heart above all else. Then, and only then, can I ask for something to share here at Daily Manna.

Jesus was able to clear the path for all to see clearly what was truth and what was false. In so doing, He offended the religious leaders of the day. They had built quite a kingdom for themselves. They were revered members of the people and elevated themselves as knowing more and used that knowledge to control the people.

Jesus cut through all their lies and web of deception.

We seek to live comfortably and avoid any confrontation that will upset our carefully constructed world.

We feel persecuted when things don’t go as planned. We justify our behavior and try to control items that God may have placed there for our growth, correction, or learning.

2 Timothy 3:12-13 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

I find that when I am in tune with God and looking for something He has for me for the day, He never disappoints. 

Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Living by faith that God will meet our every need becomes an exciting adventure when we engage that faith. Having a ‘know-it-all’ attitude blinds us from seeing things God has prepared for us with eyes of faith. 

To be astonished, we must have a desire to be clean, teachable, and open to learning whatever God has for us. Sometimes, we have preconceived notions about doctrine and its applications.

The truth will never change. The application of that truth can have many and varied applications. 

If the answer to the question when you were last astonished by truth from the Word of God is a long time or something you cannot remember, take the time to prep your heart to seek Him and ask for something from His Word for your day.

Trust His promise. Ask, seek, and knock. Then, write down what God gives, and you will have fresh, new evidence of the reality of God in your life.

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