Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11
Everyday people are bombarded with news articles about nearly everything and anything. The news comes from all types of sources, from big name news outlets, to small independent thinkers.
Unless a person really looks at various sources of news and studies it, he cannot know which ones are really telling the true story correctly. Often the stories are told with a biased slant to get people to think a certain way.
As Paul was preaching in Berea, the people listening would double check in the Scriptures everything that Paul was saying. They wanted to make sure what he was saying was true.
It is very common for people in church to just hear and take what the preacher said as true. Most people do not want to take the time to verify what the preacher has said.
Acting in this way can often lead to false teachings and cultic teachings.
One thing people need to remember is that preachers are human and can make mistakes. The only way for members of a church to know if he made a mistake is to verify what was said with Scriptures.
Doing this will take some time and concerted effort to accomplish. One has to be willing to take notes on what is said, while it is being said, then later to go over those notes and verify that what was said lines up with Scripture.
As one does this, it helps ensure that truth is being taught and learned according to God’s word, not just some man’s word.
The longer you are a believer, the more things that you will hear that are claimed to be from God’s word. Do not allow yourself to automatically believe everything you hear is actually from God’s word.
There are many sayings that believers have that do not actually come from the bible, some of which actually go against true biblical teaching. Take the time to listen, but then take more time to study to verify what you have heard or read.
This also includes anything that you have read in this devotional that is being written. Verify that you are hearing God’s word as He intended it to be.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know and understand God’s word; that you will verify anything you hear someone say about God’s word; that you will study to know God’s word for yourself; and that you will always speak the truth of God’s word.