“Learn something new.”
When my daughter was young, we would say our evening prayers together before she went to bed. One of our prayers was this short phrase. With seemingly unlimited information at our fingertips via the internet, this task has both become simplified and complicated. The reason is ideas that I took for granted when I initially learned them, I now find I need to revisit and rethink. Political viewpoints, gender identity, political correctness. The definitions are literally changing by the moment and even differ depending upon the group and pundits who are espousing them.
The internet exacerbates this information overload. What has been my response? Either through ignorance or lack of desire to investigate and do a deeper dive, I often accept explanations that fit more with my preconceived notions rather than to keep searching for the truth. I created a filter that does not allow for any internal disagreement. While this may give me peace, it does not always lead to the truth. The Apostle Peter warned about this.
Also, regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our dear brother Paul has written to you according to the wisdom given to him. He speaks about these things in all his letters. There are some things hard to understand in them. The untaught and unstable will twist them to their own destruction, as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures.
2 Peter 3:15-16 (CSB)
In my early years as a Christian, I created a spiritual filter and made assumptions that the Bible was expounding something that were simply not true. Yet, instead of taking the time to pray, research, and consult with Bible teachers, pastors and mentors, I assumed that my interpretations were correct. Shamefully, I even shared some of these false teachings with others. I was the untaught and unstable heretic that Peter warned his readers.
It was only when God led me through many life experiences did I begin to understand some of the more complicated passages of the Bible. These daily blogs that I write recount how God has taught and continues to teach me about many deep theological and spiritual principles of the Bible through the seemingly mundane events of my life.
Learn something new.
God needed to update my understanding of Him by teaching me what it means to live and abide in Him. In this world of rapidly changing definitions, He is the absolute Truth and He needs to be my filter by which I understand life.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.