Revelation 22:18-19 – I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. (NIV)
One of our friends, whom I'll call Bob, has a passion for the game of Scrabble. He takes great delight in beating his opponents, but sometimes they have reason to complain about his interpretation of the rules. The argument begins something like this: "Bob, you can't do that! G-E-E-A-T isn't a word!"
"Yes it is! It's a word where I came from!" Bob answers their protest.
"That may be, but it's not in the dictionary," the protesting player complains. And he digs out his trusted dictionary to prove his point.
"Haven't you heard anyone say, 'Geeat yit?'" Bob states in his best Cape Breton accent. "Means 'Did you eat yet?'" he adds when his opponent looks at him with a blank stare.
Bob was interpreting the rules of the game for his own benefit. Some of us have been guilty of trying to bend God's rules to apply them to our spiritual lives. We have been guilty of taking God's Word and changing it to suit our own needs. However, the Bible instructs us that it is a serious offence to change God's Word to fit our rules. Instead we need to ask God to change us to fit His Word.
Prayer: God, forgive us when we try to bring You down to our own human understanding. Remind us that You are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, and Your Word, Your rules for our lives, never change. Amen.