This morning on He’s Alive radio AM Cafe, Melissa Flores read the ingredients to a recipe. In listening to the list I thought of the items I didn’t particularly care for and how I might modify it – then Holy Spirit nudged me with the similarity in how people read the Word of God today. I thought of how with recipes I change the ingredients to remove what I don’t think will taste good and then blame the recipe when I don’t like the dish.
Some things occurred to me:
- The Word of God is beautifully woven to all fit together and as a whole it is sweet like honey, if we would taste and see. But there are those of us who want to skip some ingredients, take some out, and modify it to fit their appetites/tastes…never knowing what the flavor truly was meant to be.
- It is arrogance to play with the “recipe” of the Word – to think we know more than the Chef (Author) who put it all together with all of its richness and fullness of flavor.
- It’s arrogance to think we can remove what we don’t want and still enjoy the full flavor (benefits).
- There are parts of the recipe (Bible) that are sweet, parts that are spicy, parts that are flavorless, parts that are hard to swallow; when combined into the whole they compliment each other, but when modified it doesn’t work.
- It truly is the arrogance of mankind to presume we can improve on God’s workmanship.
- It is rebellion, in its worst form, to presume to tear apart the bible – picking and choosing what tastes better to us and willfully reject what we can’t take the taste of
I know I want to experience the fullness of flavor the Bible has to offer, how about you?
How do we do that?
- Don’t give up on hard to understand verses or books of the Bible – seek God persistently/consistently and He will help you get it. (The Bible doesn’t open up and yield its treasures to those who aren’t persistent and consistent.)
- Pray First: Ask for eyes to see, and a mind to understand as you read.
- Know that: God wants us to understand the Bible – He wants to reveal to you hidden treasures therein.
Tip: Journaling your time in the Word is a great way to see just how much you get out of a verse, and also writing it out opens it up further for you.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7:7-11