Today there’s a big trend to make the Bible more positive—more amenable to the masses. But sometimes being confronted with the harsh truth of God’s Word, while sounding negative, is a really good thing in the Christian life.

Suppose, for example, you had a doctor who knew you were suffering from heart disease, but elected instead to tell you everything that was okay with your body: you have good lungs, solid bone structure, excellent vision, and great hearing. But he said nothing about the ticking time bomb inside your chest.

You would probably not only consider this doctor unprofessional, but hazardous to your health. He should alert you to a problem, point out the remedy, and get you on your way to good health.

The same goes with a pastor. He should do his best to encourage you, but often he has to point out areas of your life that are dangerous to your health. He isn’t intending to be negative—nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news. But he’s concerned that if an area of your life isn’t addressed, then you’re headed for spiritual destruction.

That’s why it’s important when you’re sitting in church, not only to tune into things that uplift you, but also things that may make you squirm. This is God’s way of bringing to light areas of your life that should be addressed.

Remember the negative areas of Scripture are intended for our benefit. God alone knows what is good for us.

Biblical preaching encourages, supports, stirs up sin, and convicts the heart, bringing hope to the often-wayward soul. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder