Oh Brethren Where art Thou?
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard the scripture, “Iron sharpens iron..” To give this thought more context, let’s read the scripture in context. Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
Ever had a friend you knew you could bounce ideas off of, or thoughts that regardless, he or she would still be a friend? They are so rare. There is another scripture ironically in that same chapter in verse 10 “Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.”
I encourage you to be a friend like that and you will find one. Family may not always be there for various reasons, but friends of the family usually are. They are such a blessing.
We can encourage and strengthen each other in the
faith. Ever have a Bible or faith question? You would be surprised by all the incredible answers and thoughts that you could be both giving and receiving. I personally do that all the time with a select type of people. What I mean by that is, I do not ask deep questions to new believers, because of the obvious. However, with those that are grounded in Christ that read and study the scriptures, I take full advantage of.
In the adult Bible class on Sunday morning, I ask both simple and tough questions. That way everyone can interact and be apart of the learning process. If we are not learning the Word, we cease to grow. So, I make sure I try and encourage thought and questions to find the answers we all are looking for.
So, this is just a note to let you know that if you read the Bible and desire to grow, you will have questions. I also challenge you to find a circle of friends that enjoy the Word and study to draw closer to the LORD and like to ask questions of who, what, where, why and when and see where it takes you. A Bible class is an amazing place to do that for sure, but also find somebody who shares your hunger for the Word and start firing off those questions so you can begin bouncing encouragement back and forth. It is there where you start to see iron sharpening iron in action. Be Blessed!