Even with reading God’s Word like a story book there will inevitably be folks who say, "I just don't understand the Bible." It’s one thing for folks who choose not to know God to struggle with biblical concepts but why do those who claim to know Him struggle? Although biblical education is valuable, the key to understanding scripture is not education as much as it is obedience. In today’s lesson, the Israelites chose to allow the “vocal minority” to drown out the voices of Joshua & Caleb. The Promised Land was theirs for the taking, but fools prevailed and thousands upon thousands of people perished in the wilderness. God’s Word is designed as such that as we act on what we read, the Bible "comes alive," and we begin to hear and understand the voice of God. However, if we have not obeyed what He's revealed to us, why would He give us His deeper truths? "The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him" (Ps. 25:14), and those who fear Him are the ones who obey His commandments and are promised "a good understanding.” Living a fleshly lifestyle of disobedience to the Lord clouds our eyes, diminishes our ability to hear, and fogs our thinking. Even though we might be privileged with full access to the mind of Christ at our finger tips, our attachment to our own sinful ways keeps us from tapping into the rich treasures of wisdom that are found in His Word. As we dig into today’s lesson, listen to the lack of faith exhibited by the Israelites. Learn from their mistakes! Then with reliance upon the Holy Spirit, commit to do what He tells you. When you obey His voice, He'll reveal deeper truths, and your understanding will grow. A study of God’s Word is designed to be a joy, not a bore and it gives life to the listener and understanding to the obedient!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.