How Do You Approach the Word?
Many people approach the Word of God to glean from it what they want to see. Whether political, social, or any other reason, we attempt to pull from the Word of God what we want to see, as opposed to letting the power of God transform us. To approach the Holy Scriptures in this way is a tragedy: God is not after our hopes and dreams, nor our opinions, nor our political preferences: He's after our obedience. Consider the words spoken to King Saul after He decided to seek Himself as opposed to God's will: And Samuel said,
“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:22-23) God is not after our opinion: rebelling against the Word of God, presuming to know God's will affirms our choices is as divination and idolatry!
When we approach the Word of God, we should not do so with our own intentions in mind. We should seek to be transformed by it, conformed to the image of Jesus! We don't see Jesus addressing the politics of the day; He recognized that this world in rebellion is passing away. Instead, He, and the apostles after Him, sought to draw people away from the world, and closer to the Father. How do you approach the word? Do you seek to find yourself in it? Instead, try to lose yourself, and find Christ. It's the only way to see Him clearly. Hey pours out of every book of the Bible, and will transform you in to who He designed you to be, which is beyond anything you could ever ask or imagine! Matthew 17:24-28 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”