Beside Still Waters: Then He opened their minds

Therese Apel

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He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. -Luke 24:44-45
So often we open the Bible, sometimes just randomly, to see if we have a word from God about whatever our current situation is. We pray that God would show us something, give us some direction, point us toward what He wants for us.
But sometimes we don’t think to ask Him to open our minds so we can understand the Scriptures. In a world full of people cherry picking verses to say whatever supports what they’re doing or what they want, or worse than all that, what their political party stands for, it is imperative that we’re thinking with a mind trained on God and His actual word.
When you pray, ask Him to open your heart and direct you as you read and as you commune with Him, otherwise you’re really just looking over some familiar and comforting words.
Like everything else, don’t ask Him if you’re not ready to understand things you probably didn’t want to. If you don’t want to learn to see that His goal is for us to love Him and love each other FIRST, don’t pray that prayer. If what you want to believe in is a rigid, unforgiving Judge and not an all-knowing Savior who loves us in spite of the trash that we are, don’t pray that prayer.
But if you want to get to know your Creator in a whole new way, ask it every time you bow your head to pray, and every time you open the Bible. Communication doesn’t mean a thing if you can’t understand each other.
Like Solomon asked for wisdom, pray to understand His words. I bet you’ll find that other things start to make more sense too. ❤️

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