“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” – John 5:39-40
Jesus is the pinnacle of all Scripture. From Genesis to the book of Revelation, all content is pointing to Him. Even so, we can often place ourselves as the Bible’s focus.
It can be quite easy to read stories in the Bible and immediately seek out deeper meanings within the passages. How often do we read the story of David and Goliath and try to interject our current situations? Has school been rough? Is someone making your life difficult? Well, those are your Goliaths. You might say to yourself, “If I have enough faith these struggles will disappear!” I too have seen Scripture through this lens without intentionally doing so. It is very natural to place ourselves in the spotlight.
I am not saying that applying Scripture to overcome personal struggle is automatically wrong. On the contrary, God purposefully used Holy Spirit-filled men to write words of guidance and comfort found in our Bibles! In them, you can quickly find passages directed towards the believer with the intention that they are to be applied personally. For example, let’s look at Jeremiah 17:7-8. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
My point is that we are prone to forget that the victory has already been won. In the story of David and Goliath, we are not David. In all reality, we are the frightened Israelites behind him. The young King David is a foreshadow of King Jesus and His defeat over sin and death. When we read biblical stories through the lens of self, we begin to seek for answers that have already been found.
The two biggest Goliaths that stand in your way are now slain by the blood of Jesus. Sin and death no longer rule in your heart when you place faith in Him! This is the promise that the LORD has given us so that we can overcome all that life throws in our direction.
Jesus did not come to this earth so that your life would be made easy. He came so that you may have life and have it abundantly! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
You do not have to search the Scriptures to find the “hidden secrets” of conquering personal struggle. Our struggles are only daunting when Jesus is no longer our focus. Together, let us keep Him front and center!