Understanding God's Word

There are some things I just don't understand. Take for instance the stock market: All the terms, numbers, abbreviations, etc. are difficult to comprehend for those who are unlearned. For some, it does them no good tolook at sheet music. It might as well be in a foreign language. It may be that one doesn't understand how to read a blueprint or work on an engine. We all have things we don't quite understand, which we are glad we aren't responsible for figuring out. However, all these things are possible to know. Each of us COULD understand and know all about these matters. We just choose not to.

Those interested in following God, however, should never be satisfied with a lack of understanding of Scripture. In Psa. 119 we are told several times that we CAN understand God's Word, for instance: (vss. 27,34,73,125). We should get to know this passage because its filled with practical wisdom for us.

It lights our path: "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psa. 119:105.

It teaches us how to please God: "I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments" (vss. 106,108,112).

God will accept our prayers: "Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, And teach me Your judgments." (vs. 108).

"I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end" (vs. 112).

It encourages us in our afflictions: -- "I am afflicted very much; Revive me O Lord, according to Your Word." (vs. 107).

It helps us not to stray from God's Truth: -- "The wicked have laid a snare for me, Yet I have not strayed from Your Precepts" (vs. 110).

It gives us joy: -- "Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, For they are the rejoicing of my heart" (vs. 111).

It is easier for us to criticize things when we do not undestand them. How many people criticize God's Word (or doubt, dismiss, play down) when they've never lifted a finger to try and understand it.? When we study the Bible, we need to study to understand it. God has revealed His Will to man. It is not without difficulty but if we make the effort, we can know His Will. Will we put in the time and effort to know it? "So then do not be foolish, but understand what the Will of the Lord is" (Eph. 5:17).

By Shane Williams in The Lilbourn Light, Vol. 11, No. 2, June, 2010.

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