Posted by: bshelley | November 5, 2008

Nourished on the Word


Today’s Verse: 1 Timothy 4:6 In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Jesus Christ, constantly nourished on the words of faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. NASB

If I had written the New Testament, there are several things I would have done differently. Since I tend to think in outlines and lists, I think it would have been a lot better to have some lists of rules and procedures that are all located in one place and much would be much clearer. It is too difficult to have to go read all of the Word just to get the whole of God’s teaching on a particular subject. It would also be helpful to have a section on what stuff is supposed to cross the cultural bridge between then and today and what is not. That item alone would be so helpful when we study issues like women’s roles and the like. Never mind that I would never, uninspired as I am, be able to write with such passion and Spirit as those who God actually chose to pen His truth for all time. The incredible consistency of God’s truth between Old and New Testaments is testimony enough to prove that there was a single intelligence behind the writers of every book of the Bible guiding them consistently. I have learned over time that anytime I think I have found something inconsistent, it is clarified if I only study further and increase my understanding of the truth God is providing. Alas, it is certainly for the best that I did not write the New Testament. Thanks must also be extended that it was our brothers and sisters centuries ago who protected God’s word for us even in the face of torture and death. We owe them such a tremendous debt of gratitude. In this age where we are constantly trying to go faster and faster, maybe it is a good thing that God desires us to have to dig deeper and dwell longer over and in His word than if we had the “Bryan” version of easy answers and quick reference lists. Our focus must be on seeking His whole truth for us and not trying to use it to support what we want to believe based on narrow proof texts. We should always approach understanding of God’s truth with humility and a heart hungry to be “nourished on the words of faith of the sound doctrine.”

May God bless your heart as you seek His.

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