“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 1:9.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 37-39, Psalm 79, and 2 John.
How does a believer figure out what the truth is?
The more I read, study, and write about Scripture the more alternate interpretations cross my path.
A commentary will list several known interpretations of a verse and then choose the one they like. It has been a habit of mine to avoid writing about verses that could mean this or might mean that.
It is easy, however, to want to have an opinion on things. I believe this or I don’t believe that. Our reasons for either varies but do we have it right?
Today’s chosen verse cautions against adding to what the Bible has to say. Instantly I think of the Pharisees. They took Old Testament verses and created original material from what the OT said. Those self-creations led to confrontations with Jesus. If only they had realized that Jesus was God and had relied on His interpretations of the Old Testament.
The core to getting things right is having a full commitment to doing what God wants me to do. I have His presence via the Holy Spirit. I don’t have to go anywhere to learn from Him. He is in this room!
If I am aware of His presence, then I will live accordingly. If I try to sift things out on my own I will mess things up. I don’t have the firepower to run my own life.
Think of Solomon’s request to God: “Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this! I need both of those things going in my life.
“Lord, You are with me. Enable me to avail myself of You. To live in Your presence. Forgive my waywardness. I love You, Lord. There is no other. Glory and praise to You, my God.”
Let’s let God lead our lives.