Acts 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

Introductory Thoughts

Many people who fail to understand the Bible’s contents foolishly judge the Bible as a closed book except to those academically superior. The problem does not rest with God’s words but with man’s spiritual inabilities. This should be expected as the Bible says, “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). Even the saved at times may have difficulty understanding certain Bible passages, but God has given His Spirit to those who are saved to teach them and guide them in their understanding of His words. This truth is confirmed in John 14:26 when the Bible says, “the Comforter . . . shall teach you all things.”

Devotional thoughts

∙ (For children):God wants you to understand His word. God’s Spirit helps us (Nehemiah 9:20a; Psalm 32:8). Sometimes when people say they don’t understand, it is because they don’t want to do what God says (Isaiah 5:24b).

∙ (For everyone):Do you ever have difficulty understanding what you read in the Bible? First of all, have you made sure of your salvation? Secondly, have you asked the Lord to help you as you read?

∙ Why did the Eunuch have trouble understanding what he was reading? Why can the natural man not understand the things of God?

Prayer Thoughts

∙ Ask the Lord to help you understand as you read.

∙ Ask God to give you a hunger for His word.



Quotes from the next volume


Subject: Relationships (con’t)

Even the best of homes will have times when trouble arises. Unfortunately, there seem to be ever fewer homes possessing the strength to endure the difficulties of life.

Throughout scripture, the Lord promises to minister to and defend those whose homes are broken because of the sting of death.