In his book, Number In Scripture: Its Supernatural Design and Spiritual Significance, E.W. Bullinger writes, “God has given man this 'bread of life,' and he is analysing it instead of eating it! God has given man His Word, and he is criticising it instead of believing it!” (1921, p.34)
What a big rebuke towards men, yet it is true! This can be applied to both the believer and the non-believer. Whether we are talking about the interpretation of scripture, different translations of the Bible, different church denominations, or even with those who claim they believe in no supreme being, people tend to all have the same attitude...that they have the wisdom to define the Word, which is God. Throughout this process, some may even create patterns or formulas to decode the Word of God.
In the same chapter of Bullinger’s book, he writes, “Man, and all his thoughts are imperfect; so imperfect that he has failed even to take proper care of God’s perfect Word.” What does the Word of God tell us about this issue? 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NIV) says, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom…” and Romans 11:34 (NIV) says, “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”
Many times God has brought us to a place in which we must humble ourselves and realize that we can do nothing without Him. We also realize at some point that we cannot live perfect and holy as God has defined it. God has declared that we cannot even begin to comprehend the Lord God Almighty nor His ways and His thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). These are the reasons why He sent His Spirit to all those who believe in His Son and humbly follow Him, even though the world defines them as fools (1 Corinthians 1:18). When the Spirit comes, He will reveal all truth to those who have received the Lord Jesus (John 16:13). His Spirit will also search all things, even the deeper things of God Himself, and reveal them to all those who Love God (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2:14, NIV)
My dear brothers and sisters, please do not follow the pattern of this world like a fool who says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1) Do not be like those who do not bridle the tongue, are deceived in heart, and claim to be a believer (James 1:26). Instead, allow the Spirit to lead and be transformed by the renewing of your mind so you can test and approve God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will (Romans 12:2).