Meant to Be Understood


I enjoy visiting museums such as the National Gallery in London and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.  While most of the art is breathtaking, some of it confuses me.  I  look at seemingly random splashes of color on canvas and realize I have no idea what I am seeing—even though the artist is a master at his craft.


Sometimes we can feel the same way about the Scriptures.  We wonder, Is it even possible to understand them?  Where do I start? Perhap’s Paul’s words can give us some help:  “Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).


God has given us the Scriptures for our instruction and encouragement.  He has also given us His Spirit to help us to  know His mind.  Jesus said that He was sending the Spirit to “guide us into all the truth” (John 16:13).  Paul affirms this in 1 Corinthians 2:12, saying, “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.”


With the help of the Spirit, we can approach the Bible with confidence, knowing that through its pages God wants us to know Him and His ways.


Father, thank You for giving us Your Son to bring us into relationship with You.  Thank You for giving us the Scriptures so that we can know You better.  And thank You for giving us Your Spirit to guide us into the truth of what we need to know about You and Your great love.


Read the Bible to get to know its Author.

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