I have this thing about following a recipe. While I sometimes try to go off-the-cuff with food, I more than likely have a paper pulled out. Not only do I follow the recipe, I will read and re-read the recipe multiple times to ensure I make it right.
I do the same thing with directions. I’ll see on GPS that it says turn right in two miles only to find myself rechecking it again a half-mile later, then a mile after that! I’m always worried about missing something or skipping a step that will make my dish turn out awful or find myself two hours from planned destination.
Sometimes, I’m a mess!
As I was cooking dinner tonight, I thought about this desire to make sure I’m getting it right. Do I have the same thought when it comes to following the commands of God? Do I meditate and focus on what God says in the Bible to allow me to stay on the right path, or do I get tripped up because I “think I’ve got it” and ignore the instinct to verify what the Bible says?
I used to rely a lot on my memory of what I’d learned growing up in church. However, as I got older and really start deep-diving into His Word, I recognized that things that I learned years ago had a child-like spin on them. As I matured in Christ, I recognized that I had to look at context and application. I needed to look at all of it and not just bits and pieces.
“All have sinned” didn’t just mean lying to my parents. It was also lust in my heart for looking at someone inappropriately. Watching your speech didn’t just mean not saying shut-up or not being kind. It was recognizing that everything that comes out of my mouth needs to be edifying to the Lord and foul language isn’t included in that edification. Binding it to your hand and forehead, writing it on the doorpost….it isn’t just about knowing. It’s about purposeful knowledge and studying of what our Heavenly Father tells us because He KNOWS what’s best for us.
When we only look at pieces of scripture or the ‘highlights’ we miss out what the full journey can bring with Christ. I encourage you, friends, lets stop looking at just the bits and pieces. Let’s read verse, chapter, book, and Bible to make sure we’re following the beautiful path God has laid out for us.