Hmmm, What Does That Mean?

Sometimes, what we read in the Bible, can be hard to understand. There are some passages that I read that just make no sense to me at all. Other passages seem so far removed from my experience of life that it is hard to make sense of what it is all about.

I know I am not alone! This was confirmed to me while following the ReadScripture app, where I read the Apostle Peter's 2nd letter to the church. As he was closing, he said this in 2 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV):

15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Even the Apostle Peter found some of Paul's writings difficult to understand. Does that mean he dismisses or ignores what Paul writes? NO! He goes on to say in 2 Peter 3:17-18 (NIV):

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Please note his encouragement in verse 18: to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ".

This is a journey we are all on. Sometimes, it just takes time and persistence to grow our "grace and knowledge" of the things of God.

I love the topic the Liberty Kids have been looking at recently: Determination. It means not giving up when it gets hard. It means pushing through the obstacles and finding your way to your goal.

Let's all take our cue from our Liberty Kids, and keep persisting and trusting God, even when His Word sometimes doesn't seem to make sense to us.

God bless,

Tim Connelly