Abiding – John 5:38

“And you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.”
John 5:38

Our faith and discernment are directly affected by our abiding in the Word of God. We must seek to know His Scriptures, to study them, and above all to have them written on our heart. As Moses said in Deuteronomy 32:47, “it is no empty word for you, but your very life.”

It is our life because it is God-breathed. As God breathed life into man at creation, so He breathes life into our souls when we choose to believe in Him. His Spirit gives power to this Word. He makes it come alive. He opens our eyes to see its truth and the depths otherwise hidden to us.

This abiding is an effort on both sides of this relationship we have with our Creator God. We abide in His Word, getting to know His character, choosing to believe in what He has said; we abide in Him, laying ourselves at His feet and resting in the power and comfort of His presence; and He abides in us, pouring His love and peace and joy into our hearts, affirming the truth of His Word and transforming us at the core to reflect His righteousness and grace.

The closer our relationship with God, the stronger our faith, and the better able we are to discern His will and His best in our circumstances. As His Word is more deeply instilled in our heart, as our minds are filled with His truth and wisdom, we will more readily recall the guidance and encouragement of the Scriptures and we will also be able to hear and recognize His voice within us.

As we walk throughout our days, may we be listening for the guidance of our Lord. May we recognize the importance of His Word and may our eyes be opened to the life and treasure found within. And may we be continually encouraged knowing that the effort is not all on our side. As the Lord said in Jeremiah 31:33, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

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