Unfolding God’s Word

The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple.

Psalm 119:130

suitcasesUnfolding…unpacking….brings to mind an image of a suitcase full of stuff.  Now a suitcase full of stuff does not have much practical use until you unpack it.  Your toothbrush and toothpaste can’t be used until you take them out of the suitcase and are in the vicinity of water.  Your cell phone charger can’t be used until you take it out and plug it in to an electrical outlet.

John Piper uses the term “unpack” on a regular basis to describe how we come to the Bible.  We “unpack” passages to get understanding.  Bible studyWe take our Bible, open it up like a suitcase and begin to “unpack” the passage, unfolding each item until we can see it clearly.  We ask questions and begin to understand what God is revealing to us about Himself, our condition, His amazing grace.  Each time we read our Bible, ask God to help you “unfold” or “unpack” its meaning, and to give you understanding. And use that understanding to “fight the good fight” to “run the race set before you.”

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