believe for yourself

Sometimes you just have to see for yourself. Others may tell you this new restaurant is the best in town, a certain vacation spot is the best place on Earth to take your family or such and such store has the best prices… but until you go and see for yourself you don’t really know if you agree or not. Of course you value their opinions and you believe that what they say to you is true… but until you put your eyes or hands on the idea yourself… you are just going along with what another tells you to be true. The same concept is true with our relationship with Christ. Others may tell us that He is the “Savior of the world” and in Him we should put our faith… but until we have “tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 34:8) for ourselves… we are just basing our opinion on what others say to be true. Once you have “tasted and seen” for yourself… it is hard to resist His love and compassion.

In John Chapter 4, we read of a woman and her encounter with Jesus at the well. This was an unusual encounter because she was a Samaritan and Jews did not “mingle” with this race. Jesus crossed all barriers in order to make sure others saw and believed. After her encounter, the woman went back to the town and told the others. The Samaritans took her for her word but wanted to see for themselves if this man really was the coming Messiah. They urged Jesus to stay with them (John 4:40). After his two day stay, they said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

We can glean so much from these passages…
1. Have you seen or heard for yourself that Jesus is the Messiah? Do you believe that He is the Savior of the world? Have you put your faith in Him?
2. Are you telling others about your encounter with Jesus like the Samaritan at the well? She did not keep her encounter with Jesus to herself. She went and told others. She wanted others to see the goodness of the Lord as well. As a result, many had a personal encounter with Jesus and believed for themselves.
3. If you have seen for yourself and believe, are you basking in His presence on a daily basis? The best way to walk with Jesus is to dive into His word and communicate with Him through prayer.

John 4:42: They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Psalm 34:8: Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

I guess we have a future writer in the family. My sweet son typed the following while I stepped away from my computer. I didn’t have it in my heart to delete it… so I thought I would leave it for your enjoyment!
Pray to God for he is holy and walk with him through the waters.

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