BIBLE, knowledge of
Flaw 4: Being exposed to sound Bible teaching automatically solves problems. Bible
instruction alone will not result in instant solutions to problems. No matter how reliable
the teaching or how gifted the teacher, the declaration of truth does not provide the
removal of difficulties.
Think of the Scriptures as an absolutely accurate map. A map tells you how to get to a
certain destination. But just looking at a map won't automatically transport you to
Arizona or England or Peru. Getting to those places means you have to make the
effort...pay the cost...take the time for travel...stay at it until you arrive. In a word,
persevere. So it is in the Christian life. God's map is reliable and available. It is also
clear and direct. But there is no hocus-pocus in its pages that automatically sends its
reader by way of a magic carpet.
Please don't misunderstand. I love God's Word! I am more convinced than ever in my life
that its trustworthy truths are of inestimable value. But although the Bible may be a
trustworthy book, it is certainly no magic potion that you rub on yourself three times a
day to chase the devil away. Nor is it something you take internally with a pious promise
to God, hoping that the next morning you will suddenly know and experience all its truths.
There is no such "instant maturity" available on this earth. God does not
offer a formula that produces fully mature Christians overnight. Christian growth comes
through hard-core, gutsy perseverance (a forgotten word!) of applying what you hear and
obeying it...and thereby learning how to handle those inevitable problems.
Condensed from Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back by Charles Swindoll, 1980.