Absorbing or Atrophying?

by Marilyn Ehle

“…they (are) ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding…”  Mark 4:12

daily devotionalsIn using parables, or stories with a lesson, Jesus’ words often seemed obscure. Even his closest friends questioned their meanings and shortly before Jesus’ death when he was teaching them important lessons, they said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.”

But Jesus’ motives and methods were always pure; He did not then nor does not now keep secrets or play favorites. So why did He seem to imply that some in His audience simply would not “get the point”?  Could it be that Jesus didn’t want certain people to be forgiven?

Whenever I am puzzled by questions such as these, I must go back to what I know about the character of God. He is loving, just, pure, merciful, forgiving. Since Jesus the Son and God the Father are one, I must dig deeper to catch a fuller glimpse of what He was teaching.

One Bible scholar puts it quite simply: by the use of parables there was the process of spiritual sifting that would be either eternally rewarding or eternally baffling, according to whether (people) had ‘ears to hear’…whether or not they earnestly desired to understand God’s ways… (Tyndale)

In my own life it works out this way: am I absorbing (earnestly desiring to understand) or am I atrophying (withering)? Even when I come upon biblical truths that are difficult to comprehend, is my attitude one of humble acknowledgement of my need? Do I truly “hunger and thirst” after more understanding? Or is my spiritual life in a state of atrophy—withering, without fruit, limp, satisfied with the status quo?

God is looking for people who are thirsty, ready to absorb all that He prepared to bountifully supply. Will I still have unanswered questions? Oh yes, but I know that God will give me all the answers  He knows I need.

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5 Responses to Absorbing or Atrophying?

  1. Douglas R. Dawson says:

    Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,So my soul pants for You,O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God,for the living God;When shall I come and appear before God? Lord God let my thirst and hungry be for YOU and YOU alone.

  2. AmyC says:

    Thank you Marilyn Ehle’s devotion today. Ya, let all have ears hear GOD’s words. GOD’s words are like water and food to us, to quench our thirst and to fill our hunger. GOD ‘s words is Wisdom to us and HOLY SPIRIT is our teacher who will teaches us all the GOOD but not the bad.We can call our GOD ‘FATHER’ because HE loves us so much. HE is willing to give all HIS best to us, we are no less! HE just want us to be HIS obedient children, be faithful to HIM and have the ears to listen to HIM. All our requests will be answered if they are pleasing to HIM. We will never get lost because HE is our Shepard. The lambs will always follow THE…

  3. Hermann Fernandes says:

    Yes truly, as we need breathe to live, so I see the need to have God live in me so that I may not just live but have the fullness of His purpose in my life and fulfilled through my life, although I make mistakes and sin, I know that I will grow stronger in Victory as I face and learn from my battles, trusting Jesus’ Spirit as my senior partner. Thanks for your loving and livings messages that bring inspiration and alertness. love in Christ, Hermann

  4. Joe Sabutan says:

    Thank you all for the last year 2012 for all the daily quotes that I have received and now looking forward 2013 . God will always bless us all . HAPPY NEW YEAR .

  5. DAN says:

    …LIKE A BODY PART THAT LACKS BLOOD SUPPLY AND OTHER NUTIRENTS SOON BEGINS TO DIE,SO ALSO THE MALNURISHED CHRISTIAN..AS NEW BORN BABES DESIRE THE SINCERE MILK OF THE SPIRIT TO GROW..THE WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY MEDITATIONS,THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR GUIDIANCE AND DIRECTION,FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS FOR ENCOURAGEMENTS AND EDIFICATIONS VIA WORSHIPS,PRAYING AT ALL TIMES AND IN ISSUES OF LIFE.WE NEED JESUS 24HRS \ 7WKS.

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