We Never Guess, We Look It Up!

These words appeared on a small button which my oldest son received many years ago. It was distributed as a promotional item by a leading encyclopedia company. The program encourages students to receive the correct answer by making use of their reference materials.

When introduced to their program I thought immediately of its spiritual application. How strong would the members of the Body of Christ be today if they would only “Look It Up!”

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15).

In any area of study it is easy to simply go on what one has heard, or on one’s preconceived ideas or assumptions; but this is not the nature of a true student and researcher. God wants us to study the Scriptures for ourselves, so that we may know first-hand the facts of His Word. It is such a noble work to seek the truth for one’s self. The Book of Acts tells us that this was the spirit of those whom Paul taught in the city of Berea.

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Acts 17:11).

Dare to have such a noble spirit. Never guess, look it up!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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