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Lesson from the Walleye

John 17


I recently heard Dobson speak on an experiment with a walleye.  The walleye was placed in a glass tank.  Minnows were released into the tank, and soon, the minnows were gone. 


Then a sheet of glass was slipped into the tank—dividing it in two sections.  Minnows were released into the section opposite the walleye.  In spite of repeated efforts, the walleye, of course, could not get to the minnows and eventually quit trying. 


Then the sheet of glass was removed.  Even as the minnows swam all around the walleye, he would not go for the minnows.  Dobson’s following comment struck me.  Discouraged by repeated unsuccessful efforts, the walleye would end up starving in a tank filled with what it needed to survive.


Though his application involved kids and school, I couldn’t help but to think of how many adults are discouraged by repeated unsuccessful efforts of trying to experience God.  What is needed to survive is all around, but the will to pursue it is gone—discouraged by repeated unsuccessful efforts.


What is it that is all around?  Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is the truth”.  In His word is everything we need for survival.  But we are discouraged by repeated unsuccessful efforts to understand it—to live it, and so, we have laid it down.


In John 17, while Jesus was praying for His disciples, twice He prayed for their protection.  17:11 ‘Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name.’  17:15 ‘Protect them from the evil one’.


If we have laid our Bibles down, ‘the evil one’ has gotten the upper hand.  Maybe in the past, he was able to slip a glass between us and the truth and we have given up trying.  Now we starve while truth is all around us.


The father of lies twists it, snatches it . . . anything to keep us from it.  But, it is there nonetheless.  There is no beating around the bush here, we must go after it.  If we do not, ‘the evil one’ wins. 


There is a line in a song that says, “Love is not a fight, but it’s worth fighting for”.  Jesus is fighting for us and waits on us to join in.

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