You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about me, but you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life. – John 5:39-40

Few things can be more tragic than this. These men were ardent students of the scriptures, and yet here is the God they profess to know and study, staring them in the face—and they don’t recognize Him.

Not only do they not recognize Him. These were the ones who were most consistently battling against God.

The same danger exists today. We can study the Bible and miss the God of the Bible. Many people who are regular students of the Word stand opposed to a more intimate encounter with God and to supernatural experiences with God.

I find it hard to understand how one can honestly study the Bible and not come to the conclusion that God is infinitely personal, and that it is our inheritance to live a supernatural life.

Lord I pray for those who study their Bibles but have rejected so much of what God has for them, and would stand opposed to it. I pray for them to have their spiritual eyes opened.