KEY SCRIPTURE: John 6:60 KJV “Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?”
Truth at certain occasions can be very difficult to take. A lady whose father-in-law had offended her, felt so bitter that, she was never ready to forgive him. She was later attacked by a strange illness that made her. body to swell up. A pastor was invited to pray for her. When the man of God came to her bedside, he asked her to forgive her father-in-law, and everything would be okay. This instruction was too difficult for her to accept. Her condition kept worsening till she could no longer stand it. She then decided to forgive him. Her condition then suddenly started improving. It was a big problem accepting that instruction.
Jesus’ audience found it very difficult accepting the truth he was telling them. They could not bring themselves to accept that, they must eat the flesh of Jesus. They asked, who can accept these things? What makes certain truths of scripture, very difficult for some people to accept? In this particular case they did not understand what He meant. In Matthew 19:21, the Lord Jesus met a rich young ruler who came to Him asking about what to do to have eternal life. The Lord earlier asked him to obey the commandments, which he claimed, he has been observing since childhood. He then asked him to go sell all that He had, give it to the poor and come follow him. This man left very sad because he had lots of riches and was not prepared to lose them.
There are many of us who find it difficult to leave certain lifestyles to accept what the Lord may be saying to us. The things of God are always spiritual and they should be spiritually discerned. Carnality is the basic cause of not being able or ready to accept the word and ways of God.
1Corinth 2:14 KJV “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Following Godly instructions is always the way to blessings and life Prov 4:13.
What to do to help yourself accept God’s word;
1. Accept that God’s way is always perfect.2 Tim 3:16,17
2. Refuse to be proud, for pride always makes you a loser James 4:6
3. When your interest comes against God’s way, choose God’s way. Luke 22:42
4. Trust always in the Lord, and lean not on your understanding Prov 3:5
5. Pray for an understanding heart.
THOUGHT: THE WISE RECEIVE GOD’S WAY
Prov 4:13 KJV” Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.”
Prov 6:23 KJV” For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:”