The Scripture We Don’t Understand

It is a common complaint that the Bible does not make sense. When recommending that someone read God’s Word for themselves, they seem more likely to ask, “what if I don’t understand it?” than, “where would I find one?”

Almost everyone has a Bible or knows how to get one. In that sense, it is accessible. But if it is so easy to obtain and if many in the world have found in it the words of life and understood them, why is this such a persistent concern?

I often run across things that I do not understand as I read. On the whole, however, I do not find the Word unintelligible. Many things are quite plain:

“A new command I give you—love one another.”

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbour as yourself.”

“Do not lie, do not steal, do not deceive one another.”

“Be holy as I am holy.”

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart—I have overcome the world.”

“Before Moses was, I am.”

Even though these things were written down by different people, they are all spoken by one, and Him we have unlimited access to. Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. Solomon asked God for wisdom, and he received it in full measure, and much more. Whatever you ask for in My name will be given to you. What could be more pleasing to God than for us to wish to understand what He says and through it, understand more of Him.

Since I began asking my Lord to show me what He means in those troublesome passages, for it is those ones that are walls between us that need to be broken down, some things have become clearer, and passages I never understood have new meaning.

Have a try—pull out that dusty Bible from your shelf, ask God to open your eyes and give you ears to hear Him, and start reading. The words of our Lord Himself in John are a good place to start.

If you read it regularly like I have for years, not understanding but simply reading because I knew it was a good thing to do, in faith ask and He will be faithful to answer.

The Horsegentler

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