Scripture for Today: John 5:39-40 “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have life.”
How regal the giraffe stands! Being the tallest of the land animals between 14 and 19 feet, these stately animals have to have strong hearts. And they do! Their two-foot-long heart is equal to 50 human hearts! The giraffe’s exceptional twenty-five pound heart is able to pump blood where it belongs. Being that their necks are six feet long, their blood pressure is two times stronger than other animals in order to push that blood all the way from heart to head.
Jesus’ reprimand to the Pharisees in today’s verse addresses the distance between heart and head. These men were admirably using their heads, searching out the Scriptures. But unfortunately, they were missing the point. They closed their minds to the truth that the Scriptures were pointing to Jesus as the Messiah and they refused to come to Him. Their hearts were not involved. And rather than come to Jesus for the life He promised, they preferred to continue searching the Scripture apart from Jesus Christ.
It is said there are 18 inches between a human’s head and heart. That is a long distance in the spiritual realm. One can agree to spiritual truth intellectually without that truth ever touching the heart. My own experience bears this out as I can agree in my head that God’s way is best and at the same time stubbornly follow my own! Jesus understands how I am made and so commands me to love Him with all my heart, soul, and mind (Matt. 22:27). He wants all of me!
Lord, make my heart soft and obedient to all that You have taught me.