I don't get it, my seventh-grade students used to complain when I taught the parts of speech. Perplexing for sure. I mean a gazillion grammar rules that overlap, overwhelm, and often contradict each other. And you have to know all of them, right?
Not really, I told them. You just need to know one rule.
Sounds weird, but it's true.
Here's the rule: Look at how you're using the word in the sentence. How the word is used determines its part of speech.
Verb. Adverb. Adjective, or whatever.
Ok, relax. My students had to take a test on this, but you don't. Although, I know that you would ace it!
Anyway, they struggled to "get" that little grammar lesson, and I sympathized with them. Sometimes, I find it difficult to "get" the lessons that God wants me to learn.
Have you been there? Like you just want to go after something that's important to you, and it's a good thing. But God says that you've got to be still. And silent. And you've got to surrender everything to Him. And you have to keep it that way.
I don't always "get" why God does that, you know. Do you?
But I'm trying to do what I instructed my students to do: Look at how I'm using the Word.
The Bible tells us that there's a right way and a wrong way to manage God's Word.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
The right way to handle the Word is to get into it every day. Sweet girl, His Word is so good. His Word gives life. And light. Strength. Comfort. Encouragement. He offers help and hope.
However, if we're not getting into the Word, then we can't get anything out of the Word. I mean that should be pretty simple; but it isn't.
Using the Word correctly involves choices. Using the Word correctly includes forgiving ourselves when we make bad choices, and our commitment and consistency aren't exactly stellar.
There's so much that God wants to give to us through His Word.
There's so much that He wants us to give to others.
When we don't "get" what God is doing, He wants us to look at how we're using the Word.
Because we hold the words that the whole world needs to hear.
And He so wants us all to "get" it.
To "get" that He sent His only Son. Precious Son. Beloved Son. To die for us.
To "get" His amazing love.