“Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord… He is like a tree… which yields its fruit in season.” -Psalms 1:1-3
The psalmist writes in Psalm 1:1-3 about the value of meditating on “the law of the Lord,” what we know as the Bible.
Anyone who has spent time reading the Scriptures and seeking to be taught by God knows that it can be a delightful and fulfilling experience. But it can also be frustrating. Sometimes the Bible is hard to understand.
Okay. Truth be told, the Bible is pretty much always hard to understand. Some parts are relatively easy to get, like John 3:16. Other parts leave the brightest theologians scratching their heads in confusion.
It isn’t that God is greedy, and wants to keep the truth all to himself. It’s that our finite little brains can only hold a tiny portion of the wisdom of God at any one time. As brilliant as we are compared to, say, orangutans, we are all intellectually small compared to God.
Instead of giving up in despair because we don’t get it all at once, perhaps we should just take the difficult parts by faith. We need to believe that God will show us in due time all we need to know.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. -1 Corinthians 13:12
Just as a healthy tree will bear fruit only in season, God will reveal his mysteries only in due time. We are such impatient children! But we need to learn how to trust that our compassionate Father in heaven will teach us everything that we need to know.
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