Pastor's Pen: Stories of old

Ron Witbeck, associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids

Ron Witbeck, associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids

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My Dad told me of times when he was attending Avondale Country School, located north of Evart. Probably back in the early ’30s on one of those old winter storms that was freezing rain — today school would have been canceled!

Dad told me that he walked to school one and half miles, but this day he was two hours late. Upon arrival the teacher asked him why he was so late? So Dad explained the obvious to her, that because of the icy roads, when he headed out for school, every time he would take a step in the direction of the school he would slip back two steps.

So the teacher in her frustration asked Dad, ‘Well how did you finally get here to the school house?’ My Dad then explained to her that he simply turned around to go home! He simply slipped to school! Do you suppose she questioned his excuse?

Now that I have your attention, while reading the Bible there are times where Jesus would use parables to relate to the people. Later, He would explain the true meaning of His message to those closest to Him. However, we see in the Gospels that later on in His ministry that Jesus opened the Disciples' understanding of the Scriptures.

Thankfully for us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we now have the Holy Spirit living within us to give us that same clarity to Scripture. We can be certain of this, because of the writings of Paul found in the Book of 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Personally, there have been many times while reading the Scriptures of the Bible, some have become so familiar to me. But when I allow the Holy Spirit to open my understanding, I receive a deeper and clearer message from God.

For all of you, if you don’t already, the next time you pickup your Bibles to read, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you also.

— Ron Witbeck is the associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.