For much of my life, I reduced my spiritual life to a series of rules and algorithms. Perhaps it was my scientific background, always looking for an equation that could tie up disparate facts into a cohesive and logical package. If one plus one equals two, surely I could find a similar equation for life?
Some of these rules were simple minded.
The best revenge is success.
What goes around comes around.
No good deed goes unpunished.
Others attempted to interject God into the equation.
Outside of acts of God, nearly all conflict is the result of lack or mis-communication.
Sadly, I carried these rules with me through much of my Christian life. It was as if I needed to add to the truth of the Bible by arriving at my own “practical rules” of living. While these rules may have partially helped me to accept situations in life, it did nothing to bring me closer to God and understand the kind of relationship He so eagerly wanted to share and indulge with me. During these times, I ignored the absolute truth of God’s Word and substituted a worldly practicality. I painfully learned that my rules of life were always wrong. In my twisted logic, one plus one equals three; I never came close to the correct answer.
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.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
God gave us His Bible so that we may be complete, equipped to deal with every situation that life throws at us. We do not have to add to the God’s Truth. It is complete and you will be complete if you read it and believe it.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.