“For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.” Romans 10:2.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 10-12, and Romans 10.
Paul is talking about the Jews. They are keen on pleasing God, but they have misunderstood God.
I like to spiritualize the Scripture I read and apply it, if possible, to myself. So here we go down that road!
I want to do what God wants me to do. The issue here is: How do I figure out what God wants me to do?
There seems little doubt that the Jews studied the Bible. They had the Old Testament and there were plenty of scholars on hand to explain its meaning. The synagogue was a community center, of sorts, and the regular folks were there often hearing about God and His expectations of each of them.
But despite all this God-centeredness, most of them missed that Jesus was the promised Messiah. How could that be? Their hearts/minds were not opened to Him. Their teachers failed to see Jesus as Messiah and passed that mistake to their congregations.
I must be certain that I am OPEN to God. I cannot get self-entrenched in my own wisdom and miss His wisdom.
I enjoy Bible studies because people are comfortable sharing what they believe about certain Scriptures. Often, different views are shared. It makes me think. It makes me realize how easy it would be, in a closed group of think-alikes, for a wrong view to become the only view.
“Lord, I beg You to prick my conscience when I am misguided. I want to know You right and to share You right. I am a sinner, prone to wander. Help me, Lord.”
How often do you examine what you believe to validate it’s accuracy? Is your belief system based on what someone else said?