Dealing With Difficulties Humbly

(page 99 of Standard Edition)
Deal With Difficulties Humbly
Read James 4:6–10, 2 Chronicles 7:14, and Zephaniah 3:12. Why
is humility important when we try to tackle difficult passages in

Many people have come to the amazing realization and humbling
insight that they are dependent upon something and someone outside
of themselves. They have realized that they are not the measure of all
things. These people value truth over their ego’s need to be right, and
they are aware that truth is not of their own making but, rather, what
they confront. Perhaps the greatest truth that these people understand is
just how little they really know of truth. They know, as Paul wrote, that
they “see through a glass, darkly” (1 Cor. 13:12).
The benefits of this humility in thinking are manifold: the habit of
humble inquiry is the foundation of all growth in knowledge, for it gen-
erates a freedom that naturally produces a teachable spirit. This does
not mean that humble people are often necessarily wrong, or that they
will always change their minds and will never have a firm conviction.
It means only that they are submissive to biblical truth. They are aware
of the limitations of their knowledge and, therefore, are capable of
expanding their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word in a way
that the intellectual person, arrogant and proud, won’t do.
“All who will come to the Word of God for guidance, with humble,
inquiring minds, determined to know the terms of salvation, will under-
stand what saith the Scripture. But those who bring to the investigation of
the Word a spirit, which it does not approve, will take away from the search
a spirit which it has not imparted. The Lord will not speak to a mind that is
unconcerned. He wastes not his instruction on one who is willingly irrever-
ent or polluted. But the tempter educates every mind that yields itself to his
suggestions and is willing to make of none effect God’s holy law.
“We need to humble our hearts, and with sincerity and reverence search
the Word of life; for that mind alone that is humble and contrite can see
light.”—Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, August 22, 1907.
How do you strike the right balance between humility and cer-
tainty? For example, how would you answer the charge, How can
you Seventh-day Adventists be so certain that you are right about
the Sabbath and that almost everyone else is wrong?

TuesdayJune 16

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