Monday, March 28, 2011

EXPERIENCE VERSUS SCRIPTURES

I read a statement written over 150 years ago made by missionary George Bowen:

“ALL HUMAN EXPERIENCES OF CHRISTIANS MUST BE PUT TO THE TEST OF SCRIPTURE.”

He was saying, for example, do our deepening fears stand the test of Scripture? Does our wavering faith stand the test of Scripture? Is there any form of doubting that stands the same test?

When circumstances become overwhelming and doubts enter our hearts, we have a tendency to justify them because of trying experiences. We experience pain, afflictions of all kinds and testings that are crushing. The question is: How do we react to it all? Will our reaction stand the test of Scripture?

What are you facing in your life today? Financial troubles? Unemployment? Bad health problems? Anxiety attacks? How are you dealing with it? Does your present reaction measure up to Scripture?

For example, Scripture says, “He that wavereth is like a ship tossed by waves.” Do you pass over this Scripture and go on wavering because of dire experiences?

I have wavered many times when my experience looked hopeless, but more and more I trust the Holy Spirit to comform my experience to the test of Scripture. Scripture trumps all experience.

God help us all to test our feelings by the Word of God. Ask yourself, “Is this reaction scriptural? Do my emotions measure up to the Word?” If not, pray for strength to admit it and make changes.

Keep the faith!