What are you searching for?
I wanted information on a particular subject, so what did I do? I turned to Google, of course.
I typed in the word identifying the topic I wanted information about.
Almost instantly, Google responded. At the top of the page was noted, “42,700,000 results.”
I didn’t want that much information!
In fact, much of what came back as results for the topic I was interested in didn’t directly pertain to my subject. Google was identifying about anything possibly related in some way to what I was searching for.
Such responses to searches can be frustrating if you want focused and specific information. Others may love the plethora of optional and quasi-related information regarding their subject.
I think we often approach the Bible in a similar manner. If we’re really looking for God’s truth about a subject, we appreciate finding specific teaching in the Bible. But if we don’t like what God has to say about a matter, we tend to rummage through scripture looking for optional teachings.
Fortunately, God does not contradict Himself.
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Numbers 23:19.
Trying to trump one passage of scripture with another is a vain human effort to escape the truth. God says what He means, and scripture provides us with the opportunity to hear what God says, understand what He means, and then apply His truth to our lives.
Do you take God’s Word and apply it? Or do you look for ways to twist it into something more to your own liking?