You Can't See the Forest for the Trees
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”
(John 5:39-40, NIV)
In the world, we have an expression for the meaning of this verse. We say, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” In John 1:1,14 we read, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory. . .” Jesus tells the Pharisees they study, mediate, and memorize Scripture seeking eternal life, yet they fail to realize that Jesus is standing right in front of them and that they must see Him as the path to salvation. Memorizing or knowing the Word will not save you. You must first believe in Jesus (God’s living Word) and accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. Salvation only comes from the “source of life and light” – Jesus. Scripture tells us about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit; but to have salvation, we must first believe, accept and connect with Jesus.
Think of the last Valentine’s Day card from your sweetheart or spouse that confessed a deep and abiding love for you. While the words and sentiment in the card may have touched your heart, the card does not and can never replace your loved one. Jesus was trying to tell the Pharisees that you are so focused on the card, you fail to lift your eyes and see that I, the one who wrote and sent the card, am standing right in front of you.
Child of God, are you focused on Jesus, the only One that matters? I pray that you will not make the same mistake the Pharisees and countless unbelievers over the centuries have made. Don’t fail to see the forest because of the trees. Set your eyes on Jesus. He is the tree of life. He is the Light, Path, Truth and Way to salvation. Look to Jesus and look no more!
Father, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to earth that I can know Him and have life and salvation through an intimate relationship with Him. Holy Spirit, keep my eyes and heart focused on you as I go through my day. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.