There are always going to be things we don’t understand in the Bible. God has revealed what we need for salvation, and what is secret belongs to God. See Deuteronomy 29:29. Should we be surprised, then, when there are aspects of God’s Word we don’t fully grasp?
When we come across things we don’t understand, we should just prayerfully accept that, at least for now, we will not grasp these things, and then move on to what we can understand. Many times, later on, these things will be opened to us.
Every Christian has had that experience.
At other times, we might never understand them this side of eternity. So what? Our relationship with God is based on trust – not proof.
There are many different ways of studying the Bible, including the way we have done so far with this course. Some like to go deep, using other resources like concordances and commentaries.
At a minimum, however, everyone should read their Bible devotionally. That means reading it with the purpose of knowing God and His will for your life. For many, early in the morning, before their day begins, they read and study.
Again, opening the Word in an attitude of submission, in an attitude of a sinner in need of grace, is so crucial. We must come in submission to it; never, never vice versa.
The Bible is essentially a story book – about God and people. We learn of God by watching Him in action; and we get caught up in the action and emotion as he deals with people just like you and me. We can see many great things about God in nature, but nothing in nature can teach us, for instance, about the cross, about the resurrection, about the promise of the Second Coming.
Someone once said it would be good to spend a thoughtful hour every day thinking about the life of Christ. In the end, however much time one spends and whatever aspect of the Bible they study, the principle is crucial – time in the Bible, reading, praying, studying with an attitude of humility, of gratefulness, and of praise, is an essential part of what it means to live the Christian life.
It is an essential way of getting to know the Lord for yourself – to know His love, His goodness, His compassion and, yes, His justice and His wrath against evil.
And when you have experienced Him – you just want to tell others.
Like the disciples, we say we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. Acts 4:20