“Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19 NLT).
Peter acknowledges that having an experience with Jesus–gives one greater confidence in the proclamations of the prophets and encourages all to pay attention to what they wrote–as noted in The Word!
We can learn much–from reading–historical accounts of events, but the greatest lesson that leaves an imprint on our hearts is the personal hands-on experience with anything that gives us confidence and understanding.
So,while it is good to hear the testimonies of others–what The Lord has done for them–it is better to have a testimony of your own--an experience with Jesus that solidifies the confidence you have in Him and His Word.
While it is good to read The Word–it is better to experience The Word–for that lasting impression that no man can erase.
Having an experience with Jesus showing up and showing out is no different than learning a new skill–it is not really learned until one can do it–not just read about it, though reading about how to do something first–makes the “doing” easier.
Keep reading, keep listening, but pray for an opportunity to experience Him for yourself.
Father, in the name of Jesus, we look forward to having a life-changing experience with You that settles once and for all, all our hopes in You. Thank You for loving us enough to have inspired men to write Your Word, now move into our hearts and give us first-hand knowledge with the experience that only You can provide. Amen!