Is your glass half full, half empty or is it just a glass of water?
This post has been instigated by the numerous tweets that I have seen of people describing so called “atrocities” that have been recorded in the Bible. The latest Ive seen is someone retelling the story of Job.
Man, I rather they didn’t retell that story as they did. I also hoped I didnt read that thread soon as it was over. Lakini maji yakimwagika hayazoleki ama namna gani.
I was grieved to say least.
We all have lenses through which we see life and things. Lenses are a result of our experiences in life. They say experience is the best teacher but that teacher shifts our thinking. This is probably why its better to depend on other people’s experiences. Our lenses determine how we live our lives.
Is it possible that we use our lenses and individual bias to read the bible?
Unfortunately we do. But that shouldn’t be the case. The Bible is not a comic book, or a novel. Its not just one of those books that can be read and forgotten.
Of all the books in the world, the Bible is described as having the breath of God and fully inspired by Him (2 Timothy 3.16). The word of God is powerful – Hebrew 4: 12 says : For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. This is the kind of book that should discern us, but instead it works opposite for some. I mean, I dont know any other book that reveals the thoughts and intents of our heart.
God values His word. The Psalmist says “You have exalted your word above your name” Psalm 138:2. In the beginning God created the world. The word was also present at the beginning John 1. The word of God will outlive us. 1 Peter 1:25 . The word of God stands forever Isaiah 40:8. God has given us his word for our usage. He speaks primarily to us through it and says that if we read it regularly it becomes a spiritual weapon. Ephesians 6:17. Everything that is written in the Bible for the present and future shall come to pass because God watches His word to perform it Jeremiah 1:12 and “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Numbers 23:19 NKJV
So, how should we approach God’s good word to gain the most?
I suggest the most important thing is to put down our bias and read with a humble mind. It reminds me of how I used to read Chemistry books back in High School. The kind of humility that you get when you read a subject you know nothing about is unmatched! I used to read the mole concept with such peeled eyes, ready to gain even 0.1% of what mole concept is… I never did.
God is however, good! He has made the commitment to meet us at our point of need. He who seeks is promised to find. He who asks is assured to receive. He who knocks the door shall be open to him.
In a world where it is easy to be a critic,lets not be among them. Instead, lets commit ourselves to gaining knowledge and understanding.
The fear of Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9.10). Let us seek to know God. To understand His will and His way. It is worth it. He is worth it.
In conclusion, Job was a wonderful man. We know that the devil is an accuser of the believers. If you believe in God., the devil accuses us before God almost daily. Revalations 12.10 is very clear on that. Heaven is like a courtroom. The devil accuses us before God but once we accept Jesus into our heart, He becomes our advocate. 1 Timothy 2: 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. He is there to plead our case. That is why He accepted to shed His blood, to be able to fully cover us!
The story of Job not only serves as an example of why we NEEDED a mediator (Jobs story was before Jesus) but also tells us as people who trust in God our priority SHOULD be more than food, money, wealth, family, relationships, friends etc. Our focus should be on God.
Granted, not many of us can pass Job’s test. We are weak and our frailty would never allow us to endure what Job endured. That is why we say thank you God for Grace and Mercy and all the things that came with our wonderful advocate Jesus Christ.
To cut the long story short since its 00.24HRS, I pray that we shall accept Jesus into our hearts, accept the work of the cross, allow Him to fix our sight when we read the bible and be very open to receiving the lessons, insight, knowledge, reproof, warning and everything the word of God offers.