"Take A Look"
July 3, 2011
(Jesus said) "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, and the one who seeks, finds, and to the one who knocks, it will be opened." Mathew 7:7-8
The other day I saw an "expert" on television criticizing the Bible.
It was interesting to watch him build his case. I guesstimate that 90 percent of his arguments were based on the writings and thoughts of other "experts," which, I suppose, is fine -- unless those original experts were wrong. If that's the case, all of their arguments collapse like a deck of cards.
Here's an example. In the 1800s, Lew Wallace had earned a fair degree of fame. He had been a general in the Civil War, a successful politician and a pretty vocal unbeliever, an expert on the foolishness and fallacies of Scripture.
It was in that last role -- as a critic of the Bible -- that Wallace was recruited to write a book. That book was from the very beginning designed to expose the myths of Scripture, to point out the flaws, the failings, the foibles and the foolishness of God's plan to save humanity through the substitution of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
It was a job Wallace undertook with some enthusiasm. For the first time in his life Wallace actually did a thorough investigation of Scripture. He spent a great deal of time evaluating the death and resurrection of Jesus.
But somewhere along the way the Holy Spirit touched Wallace. Looking for a charlatan, he found the Christ. And the book ... the book wasn't forgotten. On the contrary, it was written and if you haven't read it, you've certainly seen the movie: Ben Hur.
This takes us to the purpose of this devotion. The Lord Jesus said, "seek, and you will find." So many of the Bible's detractors have never actually taken a look at Scripture, nor have they investigated it with an open mind. If we are to "pray for our enemies" (see Matthew 5:44), maybe today it would be right for us to pray for those who are enemies or at least the critics of God's truth.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, You have invited us to ask, to seek and to knock. To those who do, You have promised to supply answers. Today we pray for those who think they know better than You. Let them truly seek and let them find in You the wonderful truth of God's Son who has redeemed a lost and fallen world. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries