There is a danger that every Christian suffers from. It is the danger of internalizing the Bible as if they are to live each and every character of the Bible, or at least the “good” ones.
This morning I remember Psalm 121:3, which says “He won’t let your foot slip. He who watches over you won’t get tired.” (Psalm 121:3)
I remember this verse from a very early age, from reciting the whole chapter at bedtime as a ritual taught to me by my parents at “bedtime” prayer. It felt good after reciting it, believing it was directed to me. I had no idea, no understanding of who the true target of this verse was.
But here’s a fact, having your foot slip is compared to sinning. And I have slipped many times of my life. Though it made me feel good to believe that God wouldn’t allow me to fall or stumble, I was not the one the verse was talking about. The verse was talking about Christ, Christ Jesus. Christ is the one and only one to walk the earth in a human body and never sin.
So, imagine how many passages that we Christians are applying to ourselves even when they do not hold truly to our case.
Paul was revealed a similar fact. David asked for his body not to be rotten in the grave. But it did rot. But Christ being a descendant of David did not rot in the grave because he was resurrected before such could happen to his body. Yes, there are passages that are applicable to the Christian’s life. And there are those that are not. Only the Holy Spirit can help you discern which are and aren’t.
Please do not blindly apply the Bible to your life. If it doesn’t add up, there’s a reason. It’s quite possible that you’re not the targeted audience for the message.
Blindly applying the Bible is like walking into a pharmacy and starting gobbling down pills like candy. Many things are said in the Spirit of Christ. Many things are said in the voice of the Holy Spirit. Many things are said in the voice of God the Father. Many things are said in the spirit of a frustrated and confused man crying out for help. When you read something, it’s best to ask:”Who’s talking? To whom? Why?”
If the why doesn’t remind you of the gospel, if it doesn’t lead you to the gospel, let go of it. Christ, the new covenant, the living Word of God, is the priority now.
As Paul once said to his Hebrew brothers,
“In the past, God spoke to our people through the prophets. He spoke at many times. He spoke in different ways. But in these last days, he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one whom God appointed to receive all things. God made everything through him.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)