Our friends decided to go to the Bahamas to get out of the North Dakota cold weather. They picked a relatively deserted island with stunning beaches. The underlying advice was don’t get sick in that part of the world.
They accidently found that the dad had a more severe allergy to fish than they realized. They did seek emergency health care and were relieved to see in the medical office a box of sterilized gloves.
The first person that came into the room reached into the box and pulled out a pair of sterilized gloves and pulled off the ends to make a rubber band to tie her hair back. The second person who came to administer IV fluids grabbed a pair of gloves and used them to make a tourniquet. Several people used the gloves but never for the purpose for which they were intended.
It happens, way too often, that people we come in contact with use God’s Word but not in the way it is intended.
“Well, he was a good person, we know we’ll see him again in heaven.”
“God wants me to be happy, so I’m going to name it and claim it”.
“God wants me to have my best life now.”
The purpose of the Bible is for me to find the real Jesus. John records the words of Jesus in his Gospel, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me.” (John 5:39) When we go to the Bible, may we be rightly using it by looking for Jesus.