Our Misgivings About Jesus

February 26th, 2013 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

The woman said to Him, ’Sir, You have nothing to draw [water] with, and the
well is deep’ —John 4:11

Have you ever said to yourself, “I am impressed with the wonderful truths of
God’s Word, but He can’t really expect me to live up to that and work all those
details into my life!” When it comes to confronting Jesus Christ on the basis
of His qualities and abilities, our attitudes reflect religious superiority. We
think His ideals are lofty and they impress us, but we believe He is not in
touch with reality— that what He says cannot actually be done. Each of us
thinks this about Jesus in one area of our life or another. These doubts or
misgivings about Jesus begin as we consider questions that divert our focus
away from God. While we talk of our dealings with Him, others ask us, “Where
are you going to get enough money to live? How will you live and who will take
care of you?” Or our misgivings begin within ourselves when we tell Jesus that
our circumstances are just a little too difficult for Him. We say, “It’s easy
to say, ’Trust in the Lord,’ but a person has to live; and besides, Jesus has
nothing with which to draw water— no means to be able to give us these things.”
And beware of exhibiting religious deceit by saying, “Oh, I have no misgivings
about Jesus, only misgivings about myself.” If we are honest, we will admit
that we never have misgivings or doubts about ourselves, because we know
exactly what we are capable or incapable of doing. But we do have misgivings
about Jesus. And our pride is hurt even at the thought that He can do what we

My misgivings arise from the fact that I search within to find how He will
do what He says. My doubts spring from the depths of my own inferiority. If I
detect these misgivings in myself, I should bring them into the light and
confess them openly— “Lord, I have had misgivings about You. I have not
believed in Your abilities, but only my own. And I have not believed in Your
almighty power apart from my finite understanding of it.  
Journal for Today-DJR
Good morning Lord,I am  like the man who said, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!”  The more I learn about you and your plans and your grace … the more I see how  much I need you and your grace.   But you seem to have a never ending  supply, so there is hope for me.   I just wish I could get better and not  mess up so much….Dont worry, if you “got better” as you say, if you kept  seeking me, you would find new areas in which you still need grace.   It  is a lifetime pursuit.  Of connection with me and receiving my life and my  grace.  You wont ever conquer the whole of your fallen nature … but I  already have.  So keep coming to me.  I will lead you home. 

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