Some people think they have all the answers. Just ask them. At one point, my preschool-aged daughter regularly responded with, “I know that” to every tidbit of new information we shared. Teenagers and young adults also tend to think they know best.
On the other hand, the older we get, most of us realize the more we don’t know! Questions abound. The question is, where do we look for answers?
I recently heard a pastor teach that when we have a question pertaining to Scripture, the best place to search out the answer is within Scripture itself. After preaching for decades, this seasoned clergyman suggested we look up other references for the subject or word. Find how else the word is used in Scripture and with a little effort, investigate the original language, word meaning, and contextual setting.
I applied this technique to the following interesting verse, “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you” (Isaiah 41:13). I thought, what’s the deal with the “right hand”?
I found many verses in Psalms where God is at the “right hand” as a sustainer and protector. One example being, “Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8). And, “For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him” (Psalm 109:31). Those verses gave me a much clearer picture.
So next time we have a question about Scripture, I hope we will begin looking for answers in God’s Word. Remember, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).