Second, do you ever run across passages in the Bible that just do not make sense to you? Or else you read them and think or say to yourself, “There is no way I can do that.”
The first is Malachi 4:4 – 6. If I were about to shut down communication for 400 years those are not the two things with which I would close. I struggled with this for about an hour this morning. I drew diagrams in my journal, prayed through the passage. The breakthrough came when I realized I was asking the wrong question. I should not have been asking why God did this; rather the question should have been how this command prepares the way for Christ’s ministry. Still do not have a good answer but at least I am asking the right question.
The second struggle was in 1 Peter 3:1 – 12. I listed in my journal what is required of the wife, the husband, and then both… at the end of the entry I wrote, “This is flat impossible.” Figuratively, I was throwing up my hands in surrender… Then it occurred to me that was precisely the point. There is no way any human can live like this without surrender and complete dependence on Christ.
There is more here but this is getting long. Look forward to the next year with you…