I am always amazed at how current the Bible is, considering the most recent books were written over 1900 years ago. In 2 Timothy 4, Paul describes the culture he sees that is shaped by its own desires.
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
These words could be written today. Are we, as Christians, asking our pastors and priests to avoid certain parts of the Bible, while emphasizing others in an unbalanced way? Are we learning the whole story of the Bible, both about love and about righteousness?
How can we hear God’s word to us and follow Him? These are the instructions from Psalm 95:
8 The Lord says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah,
as they did at Massah in the wilderness.
We are not to harden our hearts. Rather, we need to turn our hearts to the Lord every day. That is why it is so important to continue reading the scriptures and praying every day. If I don’t do that, then God’s plans start making less sense to me and my plans start making more sense. And that’s not where I want to go.