7. Compare the issues at hand with those in the text. Since times and circumstances change, so do the ways they are handles. Scripture is timeless (Heb. 4:12). Situations may change, but sin and fallen humanity do not and are still sinful.
I said situations change but sin and sinful fallen humanity do not. This is confirmed in Scripture when we read in Ecclesiastes that “there is nothing new under the sun” (1:9). Sin is still rampant and it still causes grief and destruction. As such, we have new circumstances popping up that may not have happened in biblical times, e.g., alcohol-induced vehicular manslaughter. Yes, they drank then and had chariots that probably got wrecked, but I bet it was not as prevalent then as now.
What is not new at all is the fact of sin. It is here and it causes many problems. We have many issues with sin and wickedness. We want answers to these issues. We want solutions. So we go to Scripture and find a verse and say “aha I got it.” When in fact we do not because we took it out of context. I am not saying not to go to Scripture but we must do it in a way that I have laid out in the previous posts.
Now, along with those we do what is in this one. We take the problem to the text and let Scripture inform what to do we do not let the problem inform Scripture what to do. We study the text and find similar situations and what the Lord said to do in them or what the people in the text did. We can find ways of what not to do and ways of what to do. Just as the text from Hebrews tied to the guideline says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (4:12). The text of Scripture will guide you and it will pierce what needs pierced. Not only this but it is living and active and because of this it is timeless and it will give us the knowledge necessary for good and proper decisions.
Because of it being living and active we can take our issues to it and it will provide answers. Trust the Word of God to guide you and help you. It is timeless and active it will guide you in all situations if you will just study it and seek to understand what it is saying to you. Not what you think or want it to say, but what it is saying and what it means. If this is done, you will be able to apply it better in your life and decision-making.