I told you awhile back about our first overnight with our grandson Silas. It was fun, it was sweet, it was exhilarating, and it was a little frustrating at times when we weren’t sure what he wanted.
The “bussenwuddy” nearly got us. Luckily I had cared enough to listen to the things he talked about to recognize “Buzz” and “Woody” from the Toy Story DVD. Good thing I was the one listening. Buzz and Woody could have been next door neighbors as far as Keith was concerned. When you are profoundly deaf, you don’t casually pick up on bits and pieces of conversation or those things “everyone knows.” You don’t immediately recognize words for all that. No wonder he was lost.
How well do you hear God? Even if you recognize the words, do you know enough to make the correct associations and figure things out? I know people do not know their Bible enough to be familiar with apocalyptic language when they turn the beautiful promises of the book of Revelation into some futuristic Armageddon between political nations (which, have you noticed, change with every generation’s “interpretation,” which ought to tell them something). I know they don’t care enough to study carefully the entire communication God gave to us when they come up with ideas a real disciple can shoot holes through with half a dozen scriptures off the tip of his tongue.
But how are we doing? I hear more faulty exegesis from brethren these days than I do from my neighbors. Taking things literally that are obviously hyperboles simply because they cannot comprehend a Lord who cared enough to come as one of us, speaking as one of us, including the use of hyperboles and humorous comparisons; refusing to see the obvious parallels between elements of the new covenant and those of the old because they have decided that “nailed to the cross” means don’t ever even look at the Old Testament again, much less study it; spending so much time fighting the heresies of mainstream denominationalism that they miss the important fundamentals of a sure hope and a grace beyond measure—these are just a few of the problems.
What do you think of when you read “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Col 1:27? Does the Shekinah even cross your mind, that physical manifestation of God’s glory that dwelt over the mercy seat? Or is it just another “bussenwuddy” that eludes you, and robs you of a greater, more magnificent promise than you ever imagined? I could go on.
Knowing God’s word, not just superficially, but deeply, can lead to a greater understanding and a more heartfelt faith. Facts may seem cold, but without them you are missing a lot. You cannot make connections. You cannot take your understanding to a deeper level. You cannot see parallels and applications that will make your life more acceptable to your Father.
Take the time to learn those facts. How do you think you will ever come to a better knowledge of God if you don’t know what He said? All it will be is a “bussenwuddy” on deaf ears.
For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:11-14