Experience teaches us not to trust anyone, until we have gotten to know them better. We carefully test the things we hear people say because people can be deceptive, manipulative, and evil. So, it is no surprise that we bring this doubting attitude to the Bible as we read its stories, words of counsel, and promises.
If we could overcome our doubts and fears, we will easily see amazing truths in the Bible, and their healing power for our body, soul, and spirit. Take Matthew 12:18-21 (The Message Bible), a prophecy explaining Jesus mission, which says:
“Look well at my handpicked servant; I love him so much, take such delight in him. I’ve placed my Spirit on him; he’ll decree justice to the nations. But he won’t yell, won’t raise his voice; there’ll be no commotion in the streets. He won’t walk over anyone’s feelings, won’t push you into a corner. Before you know it, his justice will triumph; the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even among far-off unbelievers.”
These are beautiful and wonderful words, kind and loving, full of hope for all people. Imagine what it will be like to live under such a leader and ruler, who rules with love, gentleness, compassion, truth, and fairness to all – this is paradise!
Experience from human society, will make us read this with doubt; we might even be thinking – this is too good to be true, it is a scam. However, experience also teaches us to give everyone a chance to prove themselves trustworthy or untrustworthy. What if this Jesus is not a fraud, but you shut him out of your life?
God of heaven, you created us to test all things and learn through evidence; give every person evidence that Jesus is real; dear God, speak into our hearts, convince us through your Holy Spirit, Amen!