Knowing Words...Knowing the Word

July 14

Reading in two different devotional books yesterday I was floored by the words facing me which I have never uttered. If someone asked me what those words meant there would be little confidence in my reply. A choice stood before me. Take the time to look them up and learn, or say, "This is not of eternal value, who cares and go on my way." Taking the challenge I decide to grow.

recalcitrant-obstinately defiant of authority or restraint
2:difficult to manage or operate; not responsive to treatment

dissimulate-to hide under a false appearance

duality-a doctrine that the universe is under the dominion of two opposing principles one of which is good and the other evil

capricious- from caprice- a sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated notion or action; a sudden usually unpredictable condition, change, or series of changes

timorous-of a timid disposition, fearful, cautious

How do we handle the Word of God, which is filled with so many foreign and incomprehensible comments and phrases? Do we walk away with an attitude of defeat feeling there is no way we can understand the mind of God or do we approach the Bible with intrigue and a desire to grow in God's ways calling upon the Holy Spirit to be our dictionary?

God, we come to You today in awe of who You are and humbled by the way You love us. We hunger to know more of Your ways Lord and confess that at times we are just overwhelmed and feel inadequate to comprehend Your purposes for us. Spur us on to be teachable and may may we find confidence in David's words in Psalm 32:8 where he is trusting You to instruct him and teach him in the way he should go. As important as our understanding of the English language is to our daily interactions, may we value the eternal consequences of comprehending Your Word and being able to explain it to others. In Jesus' Name, Amen