What I Understand

18 11 2011

“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.”

– Mark Twain

The Bible is an amazing book. It is so much more than words on a page or ideas recorded through the centuries. It is the God-breathed revelation of His heart. It sets out to give us a dynamic picture of the One who longs for us to walk closely by His side. It woos us, pleads with us, invites us, encourages us, warns us, teaches us, illuminates us, comforts us, disciplines us, and draws us into a deep relationship with its Author.

The Bible is not a puzzle to be solved. It is an adventure to be experienced, a journey to be taken, and an invitation to be answered. The Spirit works within us as we open our eyes to the realities of His presence, the riches of His purpose, and the awesome nature of His power.

Some people dismiss the entirety of the Bible because there is a piece of His Word that they do not understand. This is where Mark Twain’s point becomes critical. Instead of worrying about what we do not understand, start with what we know to be true. Surrender to the truths that He has made clear and unmistakable to you. Let them work on your heart, change your vision, alter your attitudes, and drive you into His grace. Surrender is a bigger key than we often realize. Obeying the things we do understand often unlocks the mystery around things we do not yet understand. Many times, submitting to what we do understand opens the door to catching a deeper picture of God and His work in our lives.

My Jesus Resolution today is to pay attention to what God has made clear to me. It is hard to ask Him to teach me more when I won’t do what He has already given me. Today I am going to ask for a softer heart and a more humble spirit. I am going to embrace His Word and surrender to His call on my life. Where He calls me to give, I will give; serve, I will serve; pray, I will pray; rejoice, I will rejoice; repent, I will repent; and follow, I will follow. Every word in the Bible points to one place – Jesus. I want my life to do the same.



2 responses

18 11 2011

What a wonderful suggestion for studying scripture and allowing it to have greater impact on my life. Thanks, Casandra.

18 11 2011
Glendora S. Leigh

I have been ejoying your posts for quite some time now and extend to you my gratitude for this wonderful ministry. Your work has help me to search the Word and make better choices in my spiritual life and how I share with others the wonderfulness of Jesus. Everyday circumstances have been suggested as avenues for the lay person to “jump on board” with enthusiasm and dedication, love and prayer, for our fellowman, our God, and His Son, Jesus. The enthusiastic spirit cannot keep this good news inside–we must TELL IT, TELL IT, TELL IT–and, FROM ALL OF US, to God Be The Glory. “Collecting Prayer Requests” is one special to my heart!! Glendora

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