Jesus knew what was in man

John 2:25. . .”No one needed to tell Him about human nature, for He knew what was in each person’s heart.” (NLT)

Today’s devotional reminds us that even Jesus appeared to have trust issues. Once you understand human nature, it is very difficult to trust another person. This is perfectly okay. It is far better to trust the only one who is perfect anyway. You are not really supposed to fully trust other humans; you take chances on people. This truth must make it difficult to get married, but if two people fully trust the God of their relationship, then their marriage will be perfected.

On a side note, Jesus’s understanding of human nature makes Him the perfect psychotherapist; maybe psychologist, probably not a psychiatrist since the patient wouldn’t need medicine anyway. At least you know you wouldn’t be charged a copay to see Him. After all, the Bible says God is the great physician.

Years ago, when I was struggling with mental health issues, I eventually gave up on Psychiatry because I couldn’t deal with the side effects, with the only solution being to take more medication. Then I gave up on Psychology because it felt like all I was was a business opportunity for some therapist. It felt like professional help was a sales gimmick.

I chose to pray and read spiritual stuff, mainly the Bible and a few self-help Psychology books. Of course, there’s not much incentive to do this when the government will pay you a check not to work. I guess understanding human nature will also lead you to favor capitalism (or anything) over socialism.

Not that seeing a doctor or therapist is necessarily a bad thing. There are several good faith based ones out there. I found one, although he might see me as a heretic now and want to get me to overcome that too. There are also non-faith based counselors out there who aren’t driven by the Almighty dollar.

The point is, putting God first means going to God with an issue before you seek any help outside of of Him. It could save you money in the long run. You will likely encounter opposition from even people in the church who are carnally minded and conformed to the world.

In the Beginning

Genesis 1:1. . .”The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good.

The beginning of man is similar to the creation of the planet earth; that is, without form and full of darkness and God hovering over us, waiting for us to invite Him to be a part of our lives. I have heard it said that water is a symbol for matter. Our bodies are 70% water, so our bodies exist as a solid form of water. When we are baptized in “water”, the Spirit of God merges with the spirit of man.

God said the light was good, but until the light is received, all we have is darkness. Life will not make any sense. We will have toil and hardships as we struggle to get back into that perfect utopia that we were created to live in with God.

You can’t really prove God exists. This is why intellectual types prefer science to religion and struggle with anything that simply rests in faith. The whole act of trying to “figure God out” is eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The tree of life is simply believing that God exists, no matter what name we give Him (or gender), and resting peacefully in Him.

The only way to prove that the things of God are true is to seek “Him” out for ourselves and have a direct experience with the Holy Spirit. When this happens, our lives change and we won’t be able to deny that there is something bigger than us out there. Not even that far out there either.

Apart from the direct experience with the Creator, we can experience the life hidden with Christ in God by having fellowship with other believers. I usually feel like I am in a whole different world when I attend some church related gatherings. It is the same when I listen to inspirational music or watch faith-based programming on Pureflix.

Jesus said “by their fruit you will know them”. Whenever I see churches giving out food and clothing to people that lack these things, it is also proof that my faith is true. The community that the world seeks and desperately needs can only be found when it is centered around God and His truth that is contained in the Holy Scriptures.