Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
(Acts 17:11 (NIV))
Do you believe everything that you see or do you search for confirmation?
Sometimes, the English language just can’t express what was recorded in the original language, or sometimes there are just more ways to say the same thing. I like the following translation. It gets right to the point.
They searched the Scriptures day by day to check up on Paul and Silas, to see if they were really telling the truth.
(Acts 17:11 (NLT))
In other words, they wanted to make sure that Paul and Silas were not making things up. They verified their teachings. Let’s face it, just because someone teaches doesn’t mean they know the truth. If you don’t believe this, simply look at what is going on in the world.
Test everything. Hold on to the good.
(1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NIV))
What do we use as a benchmark to test against?
Sadly, the world uses whatever criteria they find appropriate at the time. There is no set standard in the eyes of too many people in this world.
There is a standard!
It is unwavering. It is constant. It is infallible.
It is God’s Word!
The Body of Christ must learn to validate, to verify, everything against Scripture. God will not contradict Himself. He will not say that something is a sin and then change His mind and say that it is no linger a sin because society has changed. Where is the truth in that? Where is the firm foundation upon which we can build an unshakable faith?
If we don’t know God’s Word and search it daily, how can we distinguish between the lies of the enemy and the truth of God’s Word?