If there’s one thing I’ve noticed, it’s that the hardest truths for people to grasp are the ones that have the simplest answers. I’ll give you an example. Many of us wonder if God really loves us as an individual. We make mistakes, break promises made to God, and fall into sins that we hope nobody will ever find out about. Because of this, we go through much of our lives believing God is not happy with us, let alone still loves us with a deep, passionate, unwavering love.
I believe the prodigal son WAS this failing person we often mistake ourselves for. He was full of pride, disregarded his father’s authority, was ungrateful of what he had, and worst of all, he had a love for worldly things. Off the top of my head I can think of at least ten scriptures that can prove this young man was most certainly on his way to hell; but how did his father react to all of this disappointment? When the son decided to make his way back home the Bible says this, “And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” And what was the answer he gave to his oldest son when asking why his father would forgive his brother so freely? “We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!” (Luke 15:11-32). Such a simple answer to a long drawn out mess of a life.
Why is it we feel like the answer needs to be as complicated as the mess?
Fact is we just can’t believe the truth can be that simple, but it is! We go through life with what we feel are all of our deep questions for God. Such as, “why are innocent children raped and murdered every day? Why God did I pray for something so dear to my heart and you didn’t even love me enough to give me an answer? Why did you let my mom or dad die or why did you take my baby, wife, or husband from me? Why don’t you just reveal yourself to me in a powerful way so that I’ll believe in you with no doubts? Why do you sit silently while I cry out to you”?
All these questions floating around in our mind with what seems like no real answers. Truth is, the Bible answers all these questions and more, but you have to read it to find out.
You see, when you begin to read God’s word, he starts to reveal himself to you. David has this to say about God’s word in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Nothing else matters, no great philosophers opinion, or shrinks analogy of the situation, it’s God’s word that stands firm and lasts forever. Check out what else David had to say about the word of God in Psalm 119:89, “For ever, O Lord, your word is settled in heaven.”
So is it really that easy, can you just open the Bible and all of your questions will be answered all at once? Of course not! If you’re anything like me, you have gone to the word of God with a deep burning need for just some bit of wisdom, and only went away even more confused than when you began. For this reason, most of us don’t go to God’s word, we feel like it’s above our heads so how can understand it? Again, simple answer for a complex question.
The Bible says this in response to your question, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” 2Timothy 2:15. Jesus also had this to say, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7).
What concerns me the most are the people who go through life with no desire at all to read the word of God. You may be saying in your heart even as you read this, “oh here’s another one of those guys on a tangent about me not being spiritual enough unless I’m praying and reading the Bible a bunch. I don’t need another one of those sermons!” You do need this! More than you know, you need this.
One last thing I want to share with you about the importance of you reading the word of God for yourself. There are so many lies and half-truths floating around out there, you couldn’t know heads from tales without the Word to make things clear. I mean really, just take a look at how many different religions there are in this world, and not a one of them is claiming to have only half the truth. This is why my heart is troubled. Without the knowledge of the truth to protect you, the wolves will devour you! Jesus spent three years building people up in the gospel, and just before he went to the cross he gave his disciples this warning, “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:7-11).
So many of us have questions, but we don’t have to go without answers, or be led astray with lies.