2 Peter 1:20 – Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We are being bombarded by new “revelations” and new interpretations at an ever-increasing and alarming rate. But the Scriptures we have had stood the test of time because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Let’s stick with them.
My Advice – You will encounter many private interpretations of Scripture. Many will have generated a large following. But always remember, God’s Word does not change, and a large following of another word does not make that word true.
2 Timothy 1:13 – What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We need to pass teaching down to others that is solid, to keep the faith going.
My Advice – Hopefully you’ve found that the things of faith that your mother and I taught you over the years, whether by word or deed, were sound. Follow those teachings that were.
Psalms 119:71 – It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn from your decrees. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We do not think of affliction as good, but there are so many things we learn from it that we could not learn any other way. Much more of our character comes from rough waters than it does from smooth sailing. We must try very hard to learn from these situations. How sad to think that we might go through them and learn nothing.
My Advice – Learn from adversity. In every hardship, there is something that God can and will teach you if you look for it. So whenever the going is rough, ask God what He is trying to teach you – and He will.
Esther 2:2 – She [Esther] continued to follow Modecai’s [adoptive father of Esther] instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.
My Musing – When we grow up and become our own masters, there is much that we should continue to follow and do from what we learned from our parents and grandparents.
My Advice – Remember the instructions in the faith that you learned from your mother and me. Things we taught you and things you saw in us. To the extent we were faithful in doing that, follow what we taught you.