There was a time when I believed anyone who had been a Christian a month longer than me, could understand much more than I would ever glean from the Word of God.
Then I went to Bible College and during the first month one of my teachers would say things which really upset me, twisting what I thought I knew from God's Word to say something different.
Day after day I would go home confused, then exhaust myself until late in the evening studying whatever passage or book of the Bible my teacher had discussed that day, seeking to uncover the truth.
You know, my response is exactly what my teacher was after. He wanted each of his students to absorb Scripture, to seek out for themselves what God has said, and not to sit back and lazily 'trust' the accuracy of preaching they would be listening to from the pulpit each week.
It turned out this teacher was purposely (that first month) twisting the passages we studied to see how we would respond, to open our ears and eyes so that we'd hunger to prove him wrong, to know intimately the truth held within the Bible for ourselves.
His style of teaching at the start of my first semester was unusual to say the least, but it was what I needed, what most of the students needed, and the fruit was that for the remainder of my Bible College year and the eighteen years since I've rarely trusted man, but sought the truth within the pages of Scripture.
Once I followed a particular doctrinal path, but with an open heart for God to draw me away if it was the wrong one. And that's what He does. Perhaps not immediately, in fact the Lord allowed me to traverse one particular path for a few years - but when He revealed the inaccuracies I'd taken on I immediately turned from them and spent much time in the Bible grounding myself once again in His absolute and infallible truths.
Fortunately God wastes nothing and after He'd corrected me the Lord gave me a heart to pray for others who also may have strayed into teaching what was more man-ordained than God-ordained.
The Scripture I've shared today is such an encouraging one.
It speaks truth and lifts self doubt about understanding the Bible.
It promises us that even though we may never be wise in the ways of the world, we who trust Him, we who invest time inside the pages of His Word with hearts open to learn and obey, we simple souls, shall be made wise in the ways of God.
Never think you can't understand the Bible. Go slow, open your mind and heart to 'listen and learn', verse by verse, allowing the still small voice of Jesus to instruct you in wisdom, to give you understanding where you have a need.
I have been a Christian for 26 years and love His Word yet I have only skimmed the surface of the immeasurable wonder and messages still hidden within these pages ready for me to find.
May your Bible time overflow with wonder, joy, healing, comfort, correction, life, and most especially a closer walk with Our Jesus.
Your sister in Christ,