Understanding certain biblical passages can be difficult. Sure, some are straightforward. But others, not so much.
So I want to encourage you to keep at it, and to consider this.
Panning for gold is work. Picture someone knee-high in a river, with a gold pan or some kind of filter. They work through the soil, shimmying and shaking all day long.
Is it work? You bet. But when you strike gold, it’s totally worth it!
The same is true with the Bible. Psalm 19:9-10 says: “The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold…”
A part of the reason I like this verse is because it reminds us of the extreme value of God’s decrees. They are “more precious than gold, than much pure gold…”
If it sometimes takes a bit of work to get your hands on some gold, the same is sometimes true when trying to understand God’s decrees.
But it’s worth it!
-Don’t mistakenly think that everything should always be easy.
-Pray for understanding.
-Get a study good Study Bible that helps you understand challenging passages (suggestions below).
-Make a regular habit of reading it.
-Sit under the teaching of someone who is trained.
-And talk about it with other Christians.
That’s how you strike it rich!
“The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold…”
By Matthew Ruttan
–Click here for a short piece I did on what a Study Bible is and five suggestions.
–In light of today’s topic, if you’re unsure about all the different Bible translations out there, here’s a blog that will help: “A dummies guide to the bazillion translations of the Bible.”
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.
–I’m away next week so “Up!” will go on pause after Friday, resuming on Monday, February 3.