Proverbs 2:3-5, Yes, if you want better insight and discernment, and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given you and knowledge of God himself; you will soon learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting Him.
One definition of the word discern is; distinguish (between), separate (by sifting). I like that. I remember sifting flour when I was young and all the larger lumps were left in the sifter and the finer flour was in the bowl. Sifting is a way to get the good stuff away from the bad stuff.
I’m thankful that I know the Word enough to discern truth from fiction. I’ve watched movies based on Bible stories and listened to people comment on how accurate it was. REALLY? I was not hesitant to say, “No, it was not accurate at all. Read it for yourself!” We live in a world where people would rather be entertained then to know the truth. Not me! Truth is always better than fiction! I don’t just want to be entertained. I don’t want to just hear a sweet word on Sunday. I want to know the Word and have it confirmed to me on Sunday. If I’d never cracked open my bible, then our pastor could read a Mother Goose storybook and it would be good enough.
“But it’s so hard to understand! I just can’t read the Bible!” Get a different translation! Find a version that you can read or switch back and forth between several versions. It’s nice sometimes to read a familiar passage with another perspective, but know this, YOU must read the Word and ask the Holy Spirit to help you to understand. That’s what He’s there for, to lead you into all truth.
God’s Word is final authority for everything. If I hear something that makes me question, I try to find it in the Word. If it’s not there, I flush it! Learn to discern. You have to hunt for it like you’re looking for lost treasure. Be a seeker, for if you seek with all your heart, you will find it.
Father, I thank you for giving me Your Word and helping me to understand it, to speak it, to believe it. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. It shows me the way to go and gives me the strength to get there. I hunger for Your Word. I taste and see that it is good. It satisfies my life with good things, it refreshes me and causes me to be victorious over the schemes of the enemy. How I love Your Word. You said I would find You when I seek You with all my heart and here You are. I love You, Lord. I ask You will walk with me this day. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen