As I’ve been reading through this week’s Proverbs, I am reminded frequently of Pete’s teaching to us on Sunday regarding reading Scripture. He said that too often we go straight to allowing our experiences, or how we feel, to interpret the passage, and that it is a ‘helpful hermeneutic’ to ask what it meant to those it was written to, and the author’s intended meaning, as well. I find as I read these Proverbs, I am very much aware of my little brain! So many of the verses don’t seem to make sense to me, and sometimes I get tripped up by them, running quickly to: “How can this possibly pertain to me?” or “What does this even mean?”
But, as I read, I know I can trust God to give me at least a little nugget to take away, to strengthen me in the journey, and to remind me that He is all I need! I say this to encourage you, dear friends and co-laborers, that we need not be discouraged or condemned about reading Scripture, if you are ever tempted that way, as I can be: that we’re not reading enough, or not getting enough out of it. As we’re faithful to the discipline of sitting at God’s feet, for however long he allows us in our day, He will lovingly give us what we need. He won’t hold back from showing something of Himself to us as we seek to hear from Him in His Word.
Remember, it’s not all about us, and what we can get out of it, is it? It is only God who brings light to what we read, and understanding to our minds, and conviction and application to our hearts; and this is all for His glory alone!
Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;”
When I’m feeling like Winnie the Pooh (you know, the bear who, by his own account is “of very little brain”) I can rest in knowing God has given me the mind I have for this season of my life, and as I pursue wisdom and knowledge through reading His Word, He will help me. I trust He is helping you, too!
Here are the questions for the next few chapters: Partners in Proverb Chapters 29-31