Always be Ready…

In Darkness
Always be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have.  Always be ready. (1 Peter 3:15)

Those words this morning brought back a memory from many years ago.  I think I was in my early college years- flying by myself from somewhere to somewhere.

I was very vocal about my faith in God and frequently got into discussions with people at random places.

This time, I met a couple and we got into a really great discussion about the Bible.  I had my Bible with me and had taken it out to look up passages.

They were not Christians- and I remember only bits and pieces of the conversation- basically they had been told things that were not true about Scripture and had doubts about things that were written in the Bible.

They wanted me to show them in my Bible where to find certain passages about particular topics.  Unfortunately, I did not know where all of them were…

The last thing I remember, and this has been burned in my memory- is them walking away and me flipping frantically through my Bible trying to find the passage I knew was there- and I found it- but they were already gone.

This provided great motivation for me to get to know my Bible better. 

Over the years, I feel as though the more I learn about God- the more in awe I am- the more I realize how big He is- how His thoughts and ways are so different from my own.  I can’t fathom them.

I have realized that I am never going to have all the answers.

No matter how hard I study, or how thoroughly I examine Scripture- there are some aspects of our faith that are mysterious. God is mysterious.

We don’t fully comprehend God- nor can we understand his motives like we may for another human being.

But we can learn about the historical time when the Bible was written.  And we can study God’s Word daily- hiding it in our hearts and letting it be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:11,105).

We can pray to God that He will help us understand His Word and not use it for our own motives, but seek His truth within its pages. (Proverbs 30:5-6)

And He can help us as we seek to share about Him with others- to testify to His love and redemption in our lives.

He has faithfully illuminated the path for those before us, and He will be faithful to us as well.

Romans 5:1-11

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

I pray that we will take the time today to be ready to answer for the hope that we have- why we have chosen Christ, and how He has changed our lives.

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