Diane Epling

Search the Scriptures

Diane Epling

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I’ve always believed that the Scriptures were absolute truth—God’s Word—His message. Many of you probably do as well, so why is it we often search for answers to our questions everywhere else first before going to Scripture? We go to our friends, family members, pastors, scholars, and even other books. We wait for frustration to set in before praying and asking God to lead us to Scripture that will provide answers. What’s really sad is when we don’t understand God’s Word, and instead of praying for His original intent in the passage, we again turn to the world’s wisdom instead of seeking direction from God. 

I’d like to challenge all of you reading this blog to do just that—search God’s Scriptures for answers. Believe me, God has already given us answers in His Word. If you don’t understand, seek His wisdom to interpret the passage He has given. Do more than read the Word. Study it. Pray on it. Use different versions of the Bible to bring more clarity. Be diligent in your studies and become a true student of God’s Word. The blessings you will receive will far surpass the answer you first sought. God will give you revelation after revelation, opening your minds and hearts to the place you will find His Glory. A place of peace, joy, and fulfillment you might never have experienced had you not begun to truly search the Scriptures.

There is a reason the Bible has been the best-selling book of all time. God’s Word does not become obsolete. It is as accurate and relevant today as it was in ancient times. God’s Word never goes out of style, is never swayed by public opinion or popular belief, and, most importantly, is always available to those who seek Him. However, truly understanding God’s original intent often requires deep study, an intimate relationship with God, and the determination to discover the truth—no matter what. The Bible does not contradict itself, but rather, God’s biblical examples and lessons complement each other. 

To the beginning student, God’s Word might seem illogical, random, and disjointed. However, God rewards those who persevere. Give each day over to prayer, studying God’s Word, and asking for His wisdom. You’ll soon find the stories from the Old Testament prophecy about the events in the New Testament, and the truth of His Word gives meaning and purpose to our lives today. Like rivers that forge a path to the seas, each passage leads to more extraordinary revelations. Understanding God’s Word is a process. He gives us the answers we need today and prepares us for questions we’ll face tomorrow. Matthew 7:7-8 NIV says: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. In the original language, the terms ask, seek, and knock referred to a continual process—not a one-time event. Wisdom is a gift from God that comes when we continually ask questions, when we continually seek answers, and when we continually draw closer to Him.

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