Students of the Truth
That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 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. As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.
Acts of the Apostles 17:10-12 NLT
When Paul and Silas preach in Berea, the people “searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.” What a great model!
As followers of Christ, the Spirit of God lives in us. Therefore, we should each be “searching the Scriptures” for the truth. We should never blindly follow someone claiming to have the truth—regardless of their education or passion. Instead, we should look for ourselves to confirm the truth.
There have been times when I heard a teacher or preacher sharing, and something on the inside didn’t seem right. I would take time to inspect their message by looking at Scripture myself. There have been times when I discovered my view of Scripture was based more on my tradition and upbringing than on the facts of God’s Word. This discovery is why it is so important to be a student of the Word for ourselves.
God uses pastors, teachers, and evangelists to illuminate new understandings of the Scriptures to us. I personally listen to multiple teachers and preachers every week to feed my spirit and challenge my thinking. But I also spend time in my daily devotions reading and studying the Scriptures. (That is how I write these daily devotions.)
Holy Spirit, please help me to be like the people in Berea. Help me to examine the Scriptures. Help me to be a student of truth.
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