Picture Puzzles

Friday. July 29                                   

Studying the Bible is like doing a picture puzzle.  You find a verse that has a meaningful truth and compare it with other Scriptures to see how it fits.  You keep adding pieces little by little and a picture begins to form.  You get enough of the picture to begin to appreciate it’s beauty and you keep plugging away in anticipation of completing the picture.  You know that the completed picture will be marvelous and that you will stand in awe of its’ beauty.  While we can never plumb the depths of Bible truth in this life, we look forward to the completion.  Those pieces that didn’t seem to fit will be in the right places.  This whole process is a challenge.  There will be a piece that almost fits and we need to be careful that we don’t force it into a place that it doesn’t belong.  Forcing it messes up the picture and means that another piece of the puzzle will be blank.  By the time we pass out of this world there will still be some parts of the picture missing, but upon our entry into heaven, the picture will suddenly be complete and we will behold a marvelous picture.  All those puzzling questions that surface in my Bible study will be answered.  It reminds me of Paul’s comparison in 1 Cor. 13:12.  “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face;  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

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