Paul makes a very unusual statement in 2 Timothy 2 that challenges the way we read Scripture and process what we hear people preach and say. “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” (2 Timothy 2:7).
Part of my background was much like many in the Church. We were told to accept what the “leaders” said without question. We were never encouraged to ““Think over” what was being taught and see if it lined up with the Word of God. Here, Paul is encouraging Timothy to think for himself about what Paul had taught him. As Timothy made this a habit, “the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” Let’s look at another example of this instruction.
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;” (Proverbs 2:1–6).
These two principles go together. The idea of “thinking, seeking, receiving, calling out for insight, and searching for treasure” in God’s Word is not independent of the “Lord giving” us what we need for understanding. They must go together! This is also where we experience the joy of the Spirit teaching us all things (John 14:26). I desire that this blog will invigorate your study of Scripture and prepare you for greater and more effective work for the Lord.
Link To Our Old Blog: