I remember reading a Peanut comic strip back in college. Charlie Brown had experienced some difficulty and ended the episode by saying, “Man is born to trouble as the spark flies upward.” At that time, it gave us all a good chuckle. What a sage Charlie Brown was! At the wise old age of eighteen weren’t we so aware of the troubles that relationships and life could bring?
Years later it wasn’t the meaning of those words in that cartoon that struck me. It was the fact that they were words directly from the Scriptures. Eliphaz, one of Job’s friends, spoke them to Job in an attempt to help Job understand his plight. (Job 5:7)
There are a great many people out there who are happy to tell you what the Bible says. Some are preachers. Some are university professors. Some are self-proclaimed experts. Some are bloggers! But it is amazing what you find out when you read and study it for yourself. Paul exhorted Timothy to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” (2 Tim 2:15)
The Psalmist wrote, “Forever, O Lord Your word is settled in Heaven.” “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” “The entirety of Your word is truth.” (119: 89, 105, 160) Be teachable but find out for yourself if that is in there!