I have often felt that those who push back the hardest on the truth in the Bible are the ones who feel the most convicted by it. John 3:20 tells us, “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed (NASB).” Instead of letting God’s truth bring to light their sin, these people seek to discredit the Word of God. I’m reminded of what a pastor told me years ago about Bible critics: “You find what you seek.”
If you approach the Bible determined to find fault in it, that’s exactly what you’ll find. But that doesn’t stop God’s truth from convicting people. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Like a large metal spring, the harder you push God away the greater the force pushing back on you. “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).”
If you approach the Bible seeking truth about life, you’ll find it’s a rich source for wisdom to guide your life. I’m not one to argue about the Bible and its authenticity — that’s better left to those who feel called to that and have a passion for it. But I am one who can talk about how God’s word in the Bible has changed my life. It has given me hope in hopeless situations. It has been my lifeline through very traumatic times. It has been my rock when everything around me is shifting sand.
If you dare to approach the Bible for its truth and application to life, you will find it will confront you on things you need to change in your life. It will humble you as it points out your pride. It will identify things in your life that need to change — things that can be very difficult to abandon. Following the Bible may mean doing hard things that others may not appreciate. But if you follow God’s word, you will find life; everlasting life. You will find peace — a peace that surpasses all understanding. It is a peace you can find if you seek the truth the Bible holds.
© 2021, CGThelen
If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. – 1 Chronicles 28:9
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place; but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy. – 2 Chronicles 36:15-16