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• READ: ROMANS 8:28-30; PHILIPPIANS 1:6; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:23-24
Have you ever felt stuck between two phases of life? I know I have. The “in-between times,” as I like to call them, can be really difficult to navigate.
Maybe you’re moving from middle to high school. Maybe your parents are splitting up and you have to live in two households. Maybe you’re moving between schools, churches, cities, or states. No matter what, times of transition are difficult and filled with many unknowns.
In the middle of in-between times, I try to hurry into the next stage of life. I get too focused on the future to see what God is showing me in the present. Instead of pausing to dig into God’s Word and talk to Jesus about what I’m going through, I attempt to take control—forgetting I’m not in control of the life God has given me.
Every day, I have to remind myself to “be still” and look for what God wants me to see in the in-between times (Psalm 46:10). It’s definitely a process! But when I do forget to rest in Him and His promises, the Lord reminds me to give myself the grace He has already given me. As you wait, remember: the next stage is coming...but all in His perfect timing. Jesus is working all things together for His good kingdom purposes, and He will finish the work He started (Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:6). • Abigail Ortego
• When in your life have you felt stuck in between two phases?
• What did you learn about God during those in-between times?
• As Christians, we’re all in an in-between time as we wait for Jesus to come back and make all things new (Revelation 21:1-5). Reread today’s Scripture passages. While we wait, what promises from God can we rest in?
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 (WEB)
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The Bible Is About Jesus
• READ: JOHN 5
The seminarian smiled as he walked along, clutching his Bible. Judgment Day was shaping up to be everything he had ever expected, with plenty of earthquakes and lots of angels.
He caught up with another man walking along. “Exciting, isn’t it?” the seminarian said, sighing with pleasure. “I’m 212 for 289 on my theological predictions so far. Not too shabby! How are you doing?” The other man stopped walking. “No mistakes so far,” he said.
The seminarian suddenly felt a bit insecure: “I’m not sure what you mean.”
The man held out his hand, his wrist smooth except for a white scar. This was Jesus. “Oh,” the seminarian said. “Nice to meet You!”
He held out his own hand. “You have spoken the truth,” said Jesus. “We haven’t met before. I don’t know you.”
The seminarian straightened. “What do You mean? I am a theologian! I read the Bible—poured over every passage! See, I still have it with me!”
“So how come you missed Me? What you should have picked up from reading that”—Jesus gestured toward the book—“was that I AM the Word of God. But you only care about your theological systems and theories. You were so busy picking apart the Bible, you didn’t ever understand it. You focused on finding rules to follow and making predictions, but you didn’t look for Me there. You didn’t find Me there. You didn’t put your trust in Me, the only One who could have saved you from sin and death. You thought you could earn your way into God’s favor by your studying. Your faith was in your work and not in Me.” • Kevin Zeller
In today’s Bible passage, the highly educated religious leaders—who knew the Bible— rejected Jesus. While studying the Bible is very important, the reason we study is to know Jesus better through His Word, which is how He has chosen to reveal Himself to us.
• What’s the point of the whole Bible, according to John 20:31?
• What are the truths about Jesus that unite all Christians? (To learn more, check out our "Know Jesus" page.)
You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, and yet they testify about me [Jesus]. But you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life. John 5:39-40 (CSB)