09.25.12 | | Comments
*Disclaimer: This blog contains sports references from an actual football fan. It may also cause my boss to wonder why I often look confused. Truth is, I find it entertaining when he tries to break down sports references for my benefit.
Replacements refs are getting a bad rap. Okay, maybe it's slightly warranted. They're making lots of bad calls. However, we live in an age of instant replay, and jumbotrons, so fans are getting more and more upset. It's a matter of one man's interpetation versus what I can see with my own eyes. It doesn't matter what these refs say, the decision stands, good or bad.
"Hello...that was an interception, not a touchdown!"
When it comes to God's Word, how often do we let a ref step in and tell us what God is saying? Now, I love my pastor, and the insight he gives me on a Sunday morning, but when it comes down to it, Scripture is the sweetest love note ever written, to you, from God. In the age of grace, we do not require a go between. So, what should you do when you come across a passage you don't understand?
#1: Pray. God has given you the Holy Spirit. His Spirit can work in your heart and your mind to reveal what God intends for you to learn from the Bible. The neat thing is, the same passage could give unique insight to you, that others would never garner. It's part of the sweetness of our relationship with Him.
#2: Research. Have you ever dug into a concordance and just been floored when you read the Greek and Hebrew meaning? It's so neat to learn about the original languages of the Bible; they reveal much about early Christianity.
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
#3: Seek Godly advice. Be sure the people you are counting on to help you understand what God has written are prayful, faithful and obedient. Seek wise counsel. And if the Holy Spirit is giving you unrest, go back to #1 and #2. The last thing you need is a replacement ref interpreting the playbook for you when you have NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on speed dial.