Interpreting the Bible is not simply a lot of hard work. It is also a matter of trust and reliance upon our Lord. This is what Paul communicated to Timothy:
· Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. (2 Timothy 2:7; ESV)
It wasn’t enough for Timothy to merely “think over” the Scripture Paul had written (1 Thess. 2:13). He also had to rely upon the Lord who would illuminate Scripture to give him understanding.
This was the very thing that our Lord had done for His fearful Apostles:
· Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead. (Luke 24:45-46)
We need our Savior to impart His truths to our minds. I, therefore, pray for this before I teach and write. There is no greater joy than knowing that we are walking in His light.
I no longer trust myself to understand His Word. Instead, I trust in Him to correct me when I am going astray:
· Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. (Philippians 3:15)
Knowing that I cannot provide the light to illuminate my path, I gladly trust in Him.