In my previous blog post I compared the word of God to a vast and inexhaustible feast, a banquet to which God Himself invites us. Isaiah 55:1-3
This banquet contains all we will ever need to sustain us and nourish us and to equip us.
But sometimes our sinful human nature gets the better of us in many ways and just like little children we ourselves can become very picky eaters.
Not everything in the Bible is easy and comfortable or even nice, it’s hard and difficult. Instead of facing these parts of God’s word head on, studying it, getting more information, trying to understand, asking God to send the Holy Spirit to help us and equip us and to understanding that God’s ways are higher then our own ways. Instead of struggling through we avoid and deflect the hard parts all together.
The end result is we get stuck at the dessert table, only picking a sweet mouthful here and there. Only sticking with what we know and like, sticking only to our favourites, the parts that makes us feel good.
Firstly we need to remember that God never intended for His word to be picked apart. It is supposed to be taken as a whole with everything in its right place and in its right context.
(a bit more about context and also chapters and verse numbers in this post: Bible Study Part 3 – How?)
We are all intelligent enough to know only eating sweets and desserts everyday is not a nutritious meal and not healthy at all.
Cherry-picking only our favourite verses or chapters and only reading those and always avoiding those what we don’t like is not honouring God. This method will never give us full understanding, it will never help us see the greater picture and it will never help us to know God.
We need to go and be brave and be bold and study the whole of scripture so that we may strengthen and grow in faith, understanding and in obedience. So that we can be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“Faith which accepts one word of God and rejects another is not faith in God, but faith in our own judgement or our own taste.” – Charles Spurgeon
Please, I urge you to always go and read all scripture quoted or mentioned in this post.
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