The Word of God Does Not Bend to Our Whim

The word of God is not open to interpretation, but to understanding. There is a difference.

To understand the meaning of the thing is to search for its true meaning. To interpret a thing is to sacrifice truth for personal belief. It’s to put one’s own personal spin on it.

2 Peter 1:19 promises that the word of God is reliable.

19We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

How could it be reliable if we can come up with a hundred thousand different interpretations of it? Simply put these interpretations are the devices of man’s heart.

We are called in Proverbs to lean not unto our own understanding:

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

A personal interpretation of the word leads to contradictions and confusion and complexity. The word of God is simple. God is not the author of confusion.

1 Corinthians 14: 33For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

This is all very straightforward and laid out for us. Yet we trust our hearts over God’s word,

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?

The fruits of which can be devastating. Do not interpret the Bible, pray for understanding. Any meaningful discussion to be had about God’s will hinges on agreeing to this, because without this basic understanding of the word, and by stating that the word is open to your personal interpretation, you place your own will before God’s, and no progress can be made.