So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Any time we spend quality time on the driving range working on our swing or putting green, we are apt to “find a few things.” The ball does not lie. Any “worm burner”, “shank”, “pull”, or “slice” is a result of a faulty swing. Every lie on the driving range is a perfect one. Thus, the extraneous conditions have no effect on the flight of a ball. We have sole control on the flight of the golf ball.
The same benefit is true with any time spent studying the Word of God. We inevitably “find out a few” things when we spend quality time in it. We are assured in 2 Timothy 3:16 that, “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” There is nothing useless or just “filler” in the Word of God.
The scriptures are a mirrored reflection of ourselves. They allow us to see any inequities, deficits, or areas where we are attempting “to go it alone.” In John 15:5, Jesus tells us that we can do nothing apart from Him. The stronger we grow in His Word and the more things we “find out”, the greater the empowerment gained. Just as golf swings are made through practice, life approaches are to originate from the Word of God. The “trial and error” and “do what feels right” methods lead to many failures. Our conscience is faulty and our heart is deceptive. These devices are man powered because they utilize past experiences and “feelings” as a compass. Let us strive to be more Christ-centered and less self-centered. His Word never fails and will never lead us astray!