Nicodemus is drawn to Jesus. He comes in the dark of night though because, although he is drawn, he still has a lot to keep in mind. He is a Pharisee, a Jewish religious leader, and his group often clashes with Jesus. And yet he comes – because Jesus has answers.
Isn’t that why we usually come to Jesus too? To seek answers, to understand life, to get guidance or comfort or peace? Our prayers are often not questions, but sometimes we really do question, it is just below the surface. We pray for strength or resolution in a certain situation. But just below the surface we are questioning why God would allow us to even be in the situation.
Nicodemus comes, of course, because he wants answers. He is willing to risk a little to get an answer or two from Jesus. But Jesus’ answers do not make sense to Nicodemus. Be born again? That makes as much sense as dying twice! Jesus tries to explain what being born of the Spirit means, but that does not fit in with Nicodemus’ thinking either. Then and there he cannot assimilate this information. Nicodemus goes away confused, with a lot to ponder, and without any answers he understands yet. But he will.
Can you relate to Nicodemus? Have you ever had a prayer ‘answered’ in a way you do not understand? Ever feel like you did not get an answer at all? Like Nicodemus, at times we too struggle to understand God and His ways. He is a big and complex God. It is okay we do not fully know everything. Even though we do not fully know God, we do know some things. He loves us more than we can ever imagine and He wants the very best for us. Hold onto these truths of God. Keep on seeking and praying.
Scripture reference: John 3: 1-15