Monday, October 6, 2014
If you get frustrated when you read certain parts of the Bible you do not understand, let me remind you that you are not alone. That happens even when we understand the words. The truth is that there are things in it that even bible scholars and teachers do not understand. A bible teacher was asked this question once: “Do the things you don’t understand in the Bible trouble you?” He replied, “No, the ones I do understand are the ones that trouble me from time to time.” Some have made it a practice to consult with a more experienced bible reader in their life to explain certain passages they do not understand, and while there is nothing wrong with it, they are really underestimating themselves. Let me explain why: Jesus informed His Disciples that when the Holy Spirit would come, He would teach them all things and would remind them of all the things He had told them. (See John 14:26) Paul wrote this in his first letter to the Corinthians: “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 2:11)
If you are a child of God, you not only have access to the truth, you have a direct line. In fact, James 1:5 extends you this invitation: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” the “without finding fault” reference basically means that you can ask the Lord anything and know that He will not laugh at or criticize your question, as some people we know are prone to do. That reminds me of the college professor who was trying to encourage his class to ask any question that was on their mind. He proceeded to tell them that, in his long years in the teaching profession, he had never really heard any knuckleheaded questions, which encouraged one student to raise his question. Upon hearing it, the professor quickly replied “I stand corrected.” Seriously, between you and God, there are no silly questions.
Have you ever wondered where King David acquired all the wisdom he needed to write his psalms? Well, he never went to bible college or seminary; he just took advantage of his direct line to God. You can do the same, and when you do, many are going to wonder how or when you got so smart all of a sudden.
Memory verse for the week: (Psalm 119:98) “Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me.”
NOTE: Starting Novermber 3, I will sent these meditational thoughts only to those who expressly ask for it. I myself, do not read all the devotionals or bible related items I receive on a regular basis, so I completely understand if others do not read mine.