Possum knew this would be one to forget. When his brother Rusty came to the Big Farm, life as Pot Pie knew it… abruptly ended. Trying to pretend he was listening to Cracker Jack Rusty go on about his latest hyper-conclusion, Pot Pie Possum dreamed of days when he drank from his red solo cup… alone.
For several weeks now, our pastor has been working through a series on ‘how to study the Bible’. In each session, he has made a statement explaining how we often miss the message God has for us by jumping the gun. He’s made this statement often because he knows I’m in the audience… so on about the fourth go around it sunk in.
By jumping the gun, he means we dive enthusiastically into the texts with one purpose. ‘How can I apply this to my life?’ “What does this mean to me right now?’
Unfortunately, this type of studying opens the door for a multitude of erroneous conclusions. Consider this reality: We all read the Bible with presuppositions. Meaning, our minds are made up about many teachings because it’s what we’ve always believed. Our natural tendency is to align what we’re reading with what we believe.
The Bible isn’t meant to be read this way. When we open the pages of Scripture, we are literally hearing God speak. Our first response should be to observe what He is saying. Before we can interpret and apply Scripture, we must hear what has been said. That sounds all too simple, but speaking for myself, I am often guilty of skipping the first and most important step. We should prayerfully come to the Word with the anticipation of a unique experience with every reading. It’s probably a good idea to challenge ourselves to open the Bible each day as though we’d never opened it before. Then we can hear God speak afresh… without the interruptions of our established belief systems.
“What Rusty… What!?! What useless piece of information will you share with me today?”
“I just wanted to let you know that I’ve got it, Possum. I’ve got your red solo cup. You left it at the barn, and knowing how much you like it…”
- Snack Recipe: Homemade Cracker Jack Recipes from The Kitchn (thekitchn.com)
- Impromptu Poetry: You Sir Are Dangerous (29tolife.wordpress.com)
- Cracker Jack Cookies … a favorite recipe from my sister’s recipe box (fork-lore.com)
- Take Me Out To My First Ballgame! (mevsgavin.com)