“I love those who love me and those who seek me find me (Proversb 8:17).”
Driving through southern Arizona and New Mexico yesterday I was very interested in taking in the scenery. I had never been in this part of the USA before. It is full of wide open spaces, rugged mountains and rolling prairie.
I wondered why with so much open land no one lived in this place. When I posed this to my friend he said, “No water.” Made sense to me.
Could it be, knowing our propensity to wreck things, that God made it this way to keep its beauty intact? This makes sense to me, too. Proverbs says that God made the world in His wisdom, and knowing how we treat the environment at times I could see why He would do this.
God tells us to listen to Him and His wisdom. We’ll find answers to questions like this if we do (Proverbs 8:33-34). Also, it is a good idea to listen to wise people who know more about the area of study, as I did with my friend.
This is why I didn’t give up when faced with a quandary in Bible reading this morning. In Acts 21 Paul is heading to Jerusalem, where the Holy Spirit is warning he will meet suffering and hardship. But Paul believes this is God’s will for him and he keeps pushing on. However, one group of disciples urges him not to go, according to Acts, through the Holy Spirit. Why, I asked, if this was God’s will, did the Holy Spirit use other people to try and convince him not to pursue this goal?
I didn’t know, but I figured there must be an answer. So I checked a commentary. According to Jamieson, Faussett and Brown, the Holy Spirit was testing Paul and his courage. So I surmise that God wanted Paul to be convinced that he was in His will before he finally entered Jerusalem. Made sense to me.
When we are faced with a problem at work or in our studies at school we don’t throw up our hands and give up. If we want to keep our jobs or graduate we push on and find the answers, doing the research and consulting advisers. Why should it be any different in find truth from the Bible?