It is quite amazing how quickly the time goes. Last Saturday to Monday we had our three grandchildren from Stettler staying with us while their parents went to Banff for some skiing. Since that time it seems like the time has just flown by.
I've been watching curling on TSN whenever I have a chance this week. The Brier, which is the men's Canadian championship, is on in Edmonton this week. I am amazed at the precision of the shots made by so many of the curlers. The technology of ice-making and climate control, and the quality of the rocks and the brooms in recent years, have really made curling a game of not just inches but millimeters. It is interesting to watch the teams discuss difficult shots, trying to decide not only where they want to throw the rock and how hard, but trying to determine the exact outcome of the shot, figuring out exactly where each rock will be situated when the shot is finished. Sometimes it works out just as they planned and sometimes it doesn't.
I can't help thinking about what we are told in the Bible about the handling of the Word of God. Paul told the young preacher, Timothy, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15, ESV) The NKJV says, "...rightly dividing the word of truth." Paul was encouraging Timothy to be very careful, to be precise in the handling of the Word.
We live in an age when many are becoming very careless in their handling of the Word of God. For many, including many preachers, the Word of God is seen as little more than a guideline, to help us determine truth for ourselves. It is not viewed as the absolute truth by which we must judge all teaching. For others, the Word can be interpreted to mean whatever we want it to mean in order to meet our needs at the time.
God's Word is absolute truth and our responsibility is to determine what God meant when He said it. Only when we have correctly and precisely interpreted the meaning of the Word, can we then determine how it applies to our lives and what we need to do in response to God's truth.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.