Picking and Choosing the Things I Like

by Glen Head

     A few days ago my mother and I went into Rural King, a huge store dedicated to farmers. My mother needed some chicken feed. As we were walking in I saw several carts full of bags of corn. As we were leaving I saw carts full of bags of corn. I was in the store a couple of days before and as I was buying my 4 bags of corn I noticed it was the same way. Carts full of corn upon my entrance and carts full of corn upon my departure. Well, I know why corn is so popular here in Kentucky – it’s because deer season starts in about a week. AND DEER LOVE CORN. And it’s legal for hunters to bait using corn.


     For the most part I use corn mixed in with my goat feed along with sunflower seeds. GOATS LOVE CORN! Those ornery things pick out what they love and leave/or take their time eating what is so-so. I fill about 7-8 dishes with mixed feed and when I take the bowls up the corn is gone. I find it funny how they stick their head in the feed and move it about then maybe they flip the bowl over just so they can PICK AND CHOOSE what they like.

     Obviously we aren’t much different in our likes and dislikes of all things. The way we view and use God’s Word is no different. We humans pick and choose what we like, then leave the other parts untouched. Like Burger King’s slogan, “Have it your way.” When it comes to God’s Word we need to love all He has revealed to us, not just those things we agree with.

David is a wonderful example of how one should love God’s word:

Psalm 119:10-11 With my whole heart have I sought thee: . . . Thy word have I hid in mine heart,

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Psalm 119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

     From the Old Testament to the New, God’s Word is true and needed in our everyday life. It teaches us about God, about Christ, about salvation, about worship and service to God, about how to live a righteous life, about our eternal soul, and the second coming of Christ, then heaven.

     Why would I pick and choose? Why would I think one passage is right for me and others wrong? Why would I place my eternal salvation in picking and choosing what God revealed when God has already picked and chose the things that are most important for us to know?

2 Peter 1:3   According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2 Timothy 2:15   Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


Romans 15:4   For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

2 Timothy 3:16-17   All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.