A Failure to Communicate by Caleb H.
September 8, 2008, 6:16 am
Filed under: Devotions, Humor

by Caleb Hancock

Have you ever been reading the Bible and stopped mid sentence and asked yourself…”What?! I have no idea what that means!”

Is this a discouraging experience for you? I had one the other morning, and was wrestling in my soul about what to think about it. Does this show that I am a failure in my Bible study? Should I know what this means? Is this relevant?

First, we have to start with truth about the Bible, before we let our feelings hijack what we believe about it.

2 Timothy 3:14-17

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (Emphasis added)

Another helpful passage which instructs our internal doubts is in 2 Peter.

2 Peter 1:20-21

20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

So, with that groundwork taken care of, let’s approach God’s word with a humble attitude. One that seeks to be mastered by it, instead of one of seeking to bend God’s word to your preferences or inclinations.

So when you encounter a passage that is confusing or seems contradictory to other passages, ask counsel from those who are wiser and more studied than you (maybe make friends with a dead-puritan in a commentary), and pray for God’s illuminating Spirit to fill you with trust and faith in spite of your confusion.

God is faithful. He has given us a completely reliable and infallible revelation of himself to us in His word, and in light of that, let’s read!

As an added bonus, here is a video that a friend showed me that highlights a failure to communicate.


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