Links Daily Devotional

Increasing Our Precision

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV)

Some time ago, I was playing a local course where I often play, joined by my usual partner. He and I were paired on the first tee with two friendly gentlemen, and in a few minutes’ time we were making our way down the fairway, and getting our round going.

The second hole on this course is a par-3, and after I checked the yardage with some steps and a look at the flag location, I noted out loud that it was playing 165 yards. A few moments passed, and one of the men we had just met asked, “You said 165?” I confirmed the yardage. “Good,” he replied, “because this is my 140 to 180 club.”

We had to laugh, never having heard such a broad allowance before. I guess you could say that at least the guy had an idea! Most of us, though, recognize that a variance like that is almost meaningless.

It is not uncommon to hear ideas of God with such leniency involved. Often they involve a list of the many things God cannot possibly be or do. The mystery of God has been so overplayed that many people—including plenty of religious leaders—hardly dare to say anything definitive about God anymore. “What did Jesus really mean,” they ask, “when He said that He is ‘the way, the truth and the life’?”—as if the meaning of His words is far flung from their simplicity.

The apostle Paul, and the other apostles who also wrote New Testament epistles, did not stand for such vague questioning. There are, they knew, plain and inarguable truths to learn in regards to Jesus.

You may be no more a theologian than you are a professional golfer who can really benefit from a precise yardage to the flag. But these professionals can produce consistent distances off their clubface, and learned men and women of the Word can find exact truths in Scripture. Your own journey into knowledge of the Lord may yet be developing. You may be as unsure in spots as our wide-range golf partner. But don’t let this be a hindrance to going in the direction God most wants you to go: straight to His Son.

Taking every thought captive for Christ is not something we will accomplish in a day. We must commit to reading the Word regularly, to memorizing the portions that can tightly guide our lives, and to applying what we come to know as truth with ever-increasing frequency. It is a noble goal and nobler effort to increase the precision with which we pursue our King.

Jeff Hopper

October 11, 2011

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