Any Way You Look At It

"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son..." (Hebrews 1:1-2a)

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." (Romans 15:4)

The same forwards and backwards

In other words, it takes time to wrap your mind around the things of God. The ways and words He used to convey what needed to be said. The people, too. God is telling His story and we come into its knowledge and power through time and mistakes and all sorts of serpentine ways. I mean that last adjective metaphorically. But with a kernel of seriousness because the things in which the enemy seeks to entrap and entangle us take extra mental capacity to unravel. In other words, you don't necessarily see the tests in which you find yourself, from without. But! "We are not ignorant of His devices." (2 Corinthians 2:11b)

"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man." (James 1:13)

Going back to the top two references, it is of utmost importance that we stay grounded in God's word. Citing chapter and verse to make a point will only go so far. There's that substrate idea (more of a necessity, actually) that one should be "a doer" of God's word. And not just a "hearer" (James 1:23). Parsing the idea out one further, Paul writing to the Romans (10:17) says "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." But then again, back to James (2:17) "faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."

Any way you look at it--if you do look at it, that is--the message points back to Jesus. He is our hope. Our comfort and our rock. And He's the one who will intimate to you the truths contained in His word as they apply to your situation. So yes, read God's Word. Study it out word by word. Memorize it and index it in your mind. But don't leave off interaction with the One it reveals. Because it's made of the same twenty-six letters (assuming you're reading it in English) as any other book in your library or bookstore and is worth only the paper it's printed on, if that, if you don't know the God who spoke it. In closing, I would like to make mention of my favorite palindrome. It's deified. It's my favorite mainly because I discovered it myself as a kid. And also the aforementioned "any way you look at it" thing. Life points to Jesus.