If they are planning and doing these things merely on their own, it will soon be overthrown. But if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God!” – Acts 5:38-39
10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.
11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.
12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.
On December 27, 1843, Benajah Carroll was born in Carrollton, Mississippi, the seventh of twelve children of a Baptist minister. When Benajah was five, the family moved to Texas.
Almost from the day he learned to read, he was a devoted student, devouring whatever books were available on the frontier. Benajah had an amazing memory. He could retrieve information he had read many years earlier.
Despite his Christian background, he became a fervent and outspoken atheist. Near the beginning of the Civil War, Benajah joined the rough-and-tumble Texas Rangers. During the war, he was wounded and released from the army. He wound up going to an old-fashioned Methodist camp. The Methodist minister challenged the audience to “make a practical, experimental test” of Christianity and to give Jesus Christ a fair trial. When he asked people to come forward who were willing to take the test and give God a try, Benajah stood and went to the front.
While his Christian friends were very pleased, if not shocked, Benajah gave them pause. He explained that he was not converted. Rather, he came forward only to take the challenge and give Christianity a fair hearing. The Father had other plans. As he rode home, he stopped in the woods. He got down on his knees and “had it out with the Lord.” The Lord won! (christianity.com)
Never assume any heart is beyond the Father’s reach, even yours!
REFLECT & PRAY
“The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself” (Charles Spurgeon).
Father, thank You for giving me a chance to give You a chance. Somehow You were able to open my closed mind. You stirred my curiosity, and launched me into searching the Scriptures, day by day, to discover the Truth for myself. You quickly overcame my skepticism and unbelief and answered my questions using Your word. I was soon lion’s food.
What is the Bible about? What is its theme? Who is the featured main character? Does it have personal meaning for you today?
The Lord Jesus Christ claimed that He was the central character of all Scripture. It all pointed to Him.
John 5:39 search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!
Many people know of the Bible, but few actually know it. In your lifetime, have you ever searched the Scriptures? Have you ever examined them for yourself to determine their truthfulness? Are you willing to give it a try? Are you willing to be open-minded and allow the Scriptures to speak to you for themselves?
Acts 17:11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.
The Greek term translated noble or open-minded is eugenes. It is applied to people who exhibited noble behavior, in that they were open-minded, fair, thoughtful, and without prejudice.
Some people actively search for the truth. The Bereans were that kind of people. They were curious and eager to receive Paul’s message. But they didn’t take his word for it. They did their homework. They exercised due diligence and daily examined the Scriptures for themselves to see if the things that Paul was teaching were correct.
The Father has provided His word and has given us the intellectual capacity to examine it for ourselves. Are you willing to give the Father and His book a fair chance?
The basic information found in the Scriptures is clear and comprehensible. It can be understood by ordinary people. All it takes is honest curiosity.
Through the millennia, untold millions have come to the Scriptures with serious doubts, questions, objections, and criticisms steeped in skepticism and unbelief. While it is easy to put a label on a bottle. But what if the label and the contents of the bottle do not match?
The Bible invites this type of scrutiny. Give it a try. Give the Father a fair hearing. What do you have to lose?.
Psalms 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!