Do we ever doubt our ability to understand God's Word?
Have we ever felt that we need someone else to help us understand the passages from God's Word?
Do we sometimes feel inadequate when reading our bible?
We begin by accepting responsibility for finding the answers to these questions. God observes the effort that we put forth as He begins to give us direction: He guides
us and removes the confu- sion we all face. We're not required to have all the answers and God takes note of our effort; He responds the very moment we begin to seek His truth. Our job is to initiate the action that will bring forth the help we need. A little of His help is more than enough as He provides everything we need to under- stand Him while at the same time helping us to under- stand ourselves.
The answers to these
questions are found in God's Word.
He addresses this issue in Isaiah 28:9 (KJV) which
shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine?
Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts."
We see here that the
doctrine of Christ will be received by all who wean themselves and earnestly seek his word.
The next verse reads:
"For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line, here a little, and there a little."
Here we see that we can't take a verse out of context. We must follow line upon line to obtain the truth that flows from God's Word to us. In this manner we will never
allow ourselves to take a verse out of context and we'll receive the message that God is sending us.
Isaiah 28:12-13 (KJV) continues:
"To whom he said, 'This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest: and this is the refreshing'; yet they would not hear.
"But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken."
God's word, the truth, is your rest that is refreshing; we cannot rely on periodicals and commentaries that offer mans guidance. God pro- vides His truth to you, line by line as His desire is to snare or rescue you from the false teachings we often find elsewhere.
Isaiah 28:16 (KJV) reads:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foun- dation: he that believeth shall not make haste."
God is making it clear that Christ will return to Mt. Zion and that He alone is our foundation, our precious corner stone; He provides the foundation of truth that sets our course. This enables us to find out who we are and what God's purpose is for us in his life.
Isaiah 28:17 (KJV) states:
"Judgement also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place."