*This devotion is part of our devotional series through the 1689 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith.
“All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all; yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due sense of ordinary means, may attain to a sufficient understanding of them.” 1689 Chapter 1.7
We often overcomplicate things, don’t we? I can be my own worst enemy. I will think about something from every possible angle- I will analyze, I will think, I will question, I will overthink, I will reanalyze. I used to be proud of this. Now it feels like it stops me from moving forward and handling the affairs of life. Sometimes, the solution or answer is as simple as just making a move. Nike built an empire on the slogan, “Just Do It!” Three little words that cut through all of our excuses, delays, and “mind-clutter.” JUST. DO. IT. Simple, yet it works.
Likewise, we often overcomplicate Bible study and family devotions. I know many who have expressed fear that they will get something wrong or not understand. But we needn’t feel overwhelmed. I love the 1689 in 1.7 where it says, “…not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due sense of ordinary means, may attain to a sufficient understanding…” In other words, no matter how educated you may or may not be, you can understand the basics of the Bible. To read the Scripture is to hear God speak. It’s to hear God speak…to you. Sure, there will be things that you do not understand. Even Peter said that Paul is hard to understand sometimes (cf. 2 Pet 3:16). But that needn’t stop you. Who can approach God with full understanding? Who can boast of knowledge in the light of his glory?
I encourage you to read the Word. Pick a good translation and just read. For your family devotions, just read. For your personal studies, just read. I once knew a man in Oregon that was completely illiterate. He would listen to the Bible on tape (yes, cassette tape). Download a Bible app and listen in your car. God has chosen to use the Scripture as the “ordinary means” by which the Holy Spirit operates in our life. How many of us would like to feel “closer to God?” Well, don’t overthink it- or, assume that this is by some mystical experience. No, God speaks and moves through the Word if we would just take it out of the backseat of our car, open it, and read. Simple as that.
So read the Word this week. Meditate on it. Read it again. A verse, a chapter, a book- whatever, whenever. Just read it.
Be blessed this week, Little Lambs…