I reckon that whatever part of the world we live in, we have heard the infamous statement regarding the U.S. Healthcare bill; “We are going to have to pass the bill before we really understand what is in it”. What a concept!
Why didn’t you and I think of that? As it appears, it did not enter the public mind. One might charitably call it blind acceptance or at least uninformed optimism. Is that not unlike the idea that; first we believe in God… then we found out why. Does His presence and His acts of grace call us to that first showing of faith? That we learn only by His works?
Again and again people have yielded to Him as unbelievers, because of acts of mercy and forgiveness; they never earned or expected it. It is questionable as to whether the thief on the cross, destined by Christ’s word to “be with Him tomorrow in paradise” ever read the Word. Would this be God’s intention; “better late than never”?
Do we need to accept the dictates of the bible without reading it…or knowing what they might be? Or, is it needful for us to expose ourselves to His words, knowing some may not be fully understood, then enter into the “contract” with Him with some advance level of promise and responsibility on our part as students willing to learn. I would not debate the wisdom of anyone who would come to God on any timetable or for any reason. But, choices not founded upon His terms and conditions are so often subject to our own discrimination and weakness in resolve; therefore fragile.
Those of us who can, should not plan to wait upon our time with Jesus as on the last day’s cross. We should be old friends who have supped with Him many times; who have shared His infinite wisdom. Above all; We must read before we sign on.