I’ll be honest. Maybe you shouldn’t read my blog.
Now, before you close your internet browser never to return, let me explain myself.
There is a temptation in me – and possibly a temptation in you – to believe that reading and writing about the Word of God is enough.
But maybe you’re not digging into the actual Word of God.
There could be the temptation to take these words of mine and believe them passively – to take what I share and run with it.
But maybe you’re not asking yourself the harder questions about what you believe and why.
There’s the possibility that you grab ahold of the “5 Steps…” and the “How to…” with excitement.
But maybe there is also little understanding of why you’re even taking those 5 steps anyway.
I was reading in Jeremiah 2 the other day. This chapter describes immense brokenness, immense pain and immense turning from God.
“For my people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters; and hewn for themselves cisterns – broken cisterns that can hold no water.” (verse 2, NKJV)
And all I could think about was this generation that relies so heavily on social media, how-to articles, so-called experts, and self-help books.
We don’t run to the Source of all hope because we’re too busy with our heads buried in a self-help book.
We leave prayer out of the picture because we think we have all the answers.
We believe anything from anyone with a blog or a bestseller, rather than running to the Bible and digging for the truth ourselves.
We forget God while we’re busy learning how to live a better life for Him. We leave Him out of the picture.
And we, my friends, are drinking from a cistern that we don’t even realize is broken.
Am I saying that blogs and self-help books and how-to posts are bad? By all means, no. I run a blog, for goodness sake, and I love it.
I am saying that if we’re only running towards blogs and books – if we’re only reading five step lists and following popular opinion – it’s not enough.If we run to blogs without first running to Jesus, it's not enough. #maybedontreadmyblog Click To Tweet
Get in the Word.
Read actual Scripture.
Pray on your knees.
Be vulnerable with a godly mentor.
Ask difficult questions.
Don’t believe anything you hear.
Memorize the Bible.
Sit in church weekly.
Worship with your life.
And then, when you’re done doing all of these things, come read my blog.
“Neither did they say, ‘Where is the Lord, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and pits, through a land of drought and the shadow of death, through a land that no one crossed and where no one dwelt?’” (Jeremiah 2:6, NKJV)
There is danger in searching all around for the God who has been oh so faithful to us. Are you we looking to Him? Or are we searching all around & missing the way He’s speaking right in front of us?
The Israelites did that. Read that verse again, friend. “Neither did they say, ‘Where is the Lord, Who brought us up our of Egypt, who led us through the wilderness…” (verse 6). They stopped searching for the Lord – stopped reminding themselves of His faithfulness in the past.
Why do I warn you of this? Why do I, a blogger who loves what I do, tell you not to read blogs?
Because the 5 steps to a better marriage won’t work…
The powerful prayer guide won’t matter…
The free printable devotion book won’t fix it…
The “how to love your friend well” post will not help you…
Unless you have first and foremost run to Jesus.
And when you do run to Jesus first – when your first priority is knowing His Word & His promises & His truths about this world and the suffering in it – then you will better be able to discern the how-to’s and the self-help books.
So, no, reading this blog is not enough.
If you’re believing the blog posts and the social media updates before you’re believing in the Living Word…
Yeah, that’s dangerous. That’s drinking from a broken cistern, dear one.
Do something about it. Get in the Word. Study God. Believe His promises.
Then please come read this blog.
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