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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Timely Interruptions”
One evening Nicodemus comes to Jesus seeking the most basic and fundamental need to humanity. What I find interesting is that Jesus never allowed Nicodemus to finish his thought or ask the question that was so near and dear to his heart.
Nicodemus only got as far as stating how Jesus was a teacher come from God, but before he could ask his question it says, “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” (John 3:3)
Jesus suddenly interrupts Nicodemus and answers his question before he asked it. Notice it says Jesus answered. Answered what? Nicodemus never asked.
Jesus interrupted because He didn’t have to hear the question; He already knew what was in Nicodemus’ heart.
There’s a perfect illustration found earlier.
“But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.” (John 2:24-25)
Jesus didn’t have to wait for Nicodemus’ question, because He already knew it. And it’s no different with us. When we come near to Jesus through reading His word and prayer, we need to come with our hearts wide open to meet with Him and ask, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 23:24)
If this is our prayer then Jesus will meet with us, search our hearts, and tells us all about ourselves, even those things we’re afraid to ask.
Jesus will interrupt our carefully laid out speeches, thoughts, ideas, and rationalizations because nothing can be concealed from Him. He tears away our camouflage and makeup and shows us as we truly are.
And this is exactly what we need. We need our hearts interrupted and all of its evil intents with His timely interruptions.
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