BY Diana Stone
Text: Hebrews 5:11-14, 6:1-20
“Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity…”
– Hebrews 6:1, NIV
“Holding back from such (spiritual) learning, perhaps with a false humility of ‘I’m not good at understanding these things’ when we really mean ‘I can’t be bothered to try’, is a way of saying that we want to remain spiritual babies.”
– NT Wright
When my son passed away at 3 weeks old last August, my faith was shaken to the core. Yet, in the midst of the anger, confusion, and feelings of betrayal, there was also the desperation of clinging to the only One who could make peace with this all. I wanted to understand just a little more of the plan through the pain, although I’ll never know it all this side of heaven.
In the midst of the longing was a hesitation and questioning of why? Why would I need to read the Bible, pray for wisdom, study His Word? I’d been through the delivery and loss of three of my children and came out believing in God — wasn’t that enough?
Oh, friends. As I look back now, I shudder to think how close Satan came to taking me on a detour from the Truth to my own self righteousness.
Thankfully, it is God’s grip on me — not my feeble grip on Him — that keeps me safe in the fold of His love. Nancy Guthrie says it well: “If your faith is real, you will not fall away. Not because you are strong or because your faith is strong but because God has his firm grip on you and he will not let go. You will remain in him because you are his forever.”
As Christians, we need to be in the Word. Often. We need godly men and women to teach us. We need to get on our knees and pray that God would reveal more of Himself and His plan through our study of His Word. Not because we have to, but because we want to. When you love someone, you want to get to know them. This is how it is with our Creator.
God’s relationship with us deepens and unfolds through the Bible.
There are times studying the Bible makes my head spin, or ignites anger over something my humanity feels God should not have allowed. I often leave feeling convicted or challenged. This is good! These feelings mean that God is at work in my life and my relationship with Him is growing, no matter how slowly it may seem.
We need to be know God’s Word so we can to stand firm in adversity and recognize our sin. We need to read His promises and remember that our hope in Him is sure and steadfast. We need scripture to help us move forward in the faith, knowing we are anchored to the One who will not change.
Praise God that we are able to seek and find His face through His Word!