Have you read parts of the Bible, but found it difficult to understand? It could be a matter of sight. Reading and understanding the Bible requires a unique point of view. It is based on a fundamental understanding that God’s ways are not our ways. God is far wiser than the wisest person on earth. Our wisdom is child’s play compared to God’s wisdom.
To read the Bible correctly, we need to put on a different pair of glasses. They are not rose-tinted glasses. They are not glare-diminishing glasses. Nor are they night-vision glasses.
They are glasses that cause us to see from God’s point of view. It will make kingdom sense, but definitely not common sense. We are so used to our common sense, our natural wisdom, the ruling viewpoint of our society that it can be shocking to read the Bible. It is full of paradoxes. Such as, lose to gain, the greatest person is a servant, die to live. And don’t be strong, but be dependent on Jesus. See what I mean?
God inspired the writings of the Bible. They are his thoughts, his truths, his ways, etc. If we attempt to read the Bible from any other point of view, we will not understand it. We will be frustrated. Confused. Discouraged. Maybe, even angry.
It only makes sense when we ask God to enable us to see as he sees. To open our understanding so we can comprehend his ways.
In the Old Testament, you will read about Jesus coming to our planet to make a way for humans to be reconnected to God through his own death, burial, and resurrection. By faith, we can be born again, reconnected spiritually to our creator. It is then, that we can begin to understand the spiritual things of God. The New Testament also records the beginning of the church and letters written to different groups of believers.
I would suggest you read 1 Corinthians 1:20-28, 1 Corinthians 2 and Isaiah 55:8-9 before reading the Bible.
Words to light your path
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
1 Corinthians 2:13-14 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; or can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Heavenly Father, open our eyes so we can understand your word, understand you and understand who we are.
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