How to Gain Understanding
"For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations" (Psalm 119:89,90, KJV).
A story is told of a young woman who had been informed about a famous novel. She was interested in reading it, but as she began to read the novel, she found it dry and uninteresting. She would put it down to read something else, and then she would come back and try to read it again because her friends said it was an excellent book.
Even with the high recommendations of her friends, the book just did not captivate her. Then one day she met the author. He was very handsome and personable. They became interested in each other, and she fell in love with him.
Now she could hardly wait to read the novel. It was the most exciting book she had ever read, for she had fallen in love with the author.
This is what happens with the Scriptures when we love the Author, the Lord Jesus Christ.
During my years of skepticism and agnosticism, I found the Bible very dry and difficult to read and I believed it was filled with "all kinds of errors and inconsistencies." Then after becoming a Christian I began to read the Bible again. It was a completely different book, filled with exciting, life-changing truth. All the "errors and contradictions" were gone.
Why the difference? The non-believer or disobedient Christian does not understand spiritual truth (1 Corinthians 2:14). The Spirit-filled believer is taught by the Holy Spirit, who illumines the truth which He revealed to the original authors as recorded in the Bible.
Bible Reading: Psalm 119:129-136
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: I will ask God to give me a love for His holy, inspired Word. Then things that happen in my life which I do not understand will be made clear as I go to the source of all true understanding, the Word of God.