I think that if I am honest, this realization about what I can comprehend and what some others can comprehend (some more than me and some less) has been an ongoing developmental realization that started in my early years as a youth.
In my youth I learned that if I applied myself to learning about a specific subject, I stood a reasonable good chance of succeeding. Of course, I also learned that there was a direct correlation between the amount of time and effort I was willing to invest and the quality of the end results that I achieved.
I also learned that the complexity of the subject matter had a direct correlation with my comprehension. The more complex the subject matter was and depending upon what specific subject matter I was looking at, determined, in degrees, my level of comprehension. In short, I learned that my comprehension had limits. Some things I could easily grasp and others, not so much.
I subscribe to a good number of Christian Apologetic blogs and as of late, I have been reading a significant number of Christian related books that in general, help me better understand some of the more complex issues that believing in God brings to the forefront of my understanding.
I’ve also learned that time and my personal comprehensive abilities are not my best friends. There are many Christian related subjects that I would like to learn and understand more about than my remaining time on this earth and my limited abilities permit. And, as most of us learn, as we get older, virtually nothing is as simple as we sometimes think it is. Unrecognized complexity and cross association of subject matters can easily make the task at hand much more difficult than originally envisioned.
I am a student of God’s Word. By far, from experience, the written word that God has given us is without doubt, the best instructor in understanding that I have ever found. I’ve read a lot of Christian related books over the years and there are some exceptional ones that come to mind but there simply is no source of guidance that surpasses God’s Word. Someone asked Lee Strobel who is well known for his case study books, what were the top three books that he would recommend to new Christians. His answer was as follows:
- The Bible
- The Bible
- The Bible
That is sound advice. And as sure as God is real, Satan is real and it is always the one source of guidance that he wants to keep us out of, with good reason.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
There are, of course, many other scripture verses within the Bible that authenticate the necessity and worth of studying God’s Word. When I progressed in rank within the military, I used to keep a Bible on my desk at times when it was within my own prerogative to do so. I can recall a young Sergeant telling me that I was basically programming myself. I agreed with him and then I asked him what he programmed himself with. Whether we realize it or not, we all program ourselves by what we expose ourselves to and it is a matter of choice.
I don’t have the mental capabilities of someone like J. Warner Wallace or Hugh Ross or William Lane Craig but you folks already knew that. That’s the beauty of studying God’s Word. He meets me where I am within His Word, and that’s where He will meet you too. And the proven formula for wisdom is actually quite simple, the more that I study His Word, the more than I understand Him and myself and others, which by the way, leads me to comprehending the great commandments that Jesus gave us.
Mark 12:30-31 NIV “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Most of us are given two legs to walk with. One is His Word and the other is prayer. These are the fundamental means by which God reveals Himself to us and we mature in Him. If I was truly restricted by my own limitations, ie., confined within a box, so to speak, that would be the end of that, but I’m not, and neither are you.
Psalm 37 is one of my favourites. It’s difficult to just select a few verses because the whole Psalm is so noteworthy. However, there is so much truth within this Psalm. In particular verses 4-6 which reads:
“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”
We select our delight and He brings it to pass. Of course He does, how could it be any other way?
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!