These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
In other words, these people didn’t have their minds already made up. They didn’t pretend to know it all. They weren’t going to stubbornly cling to their preconceived ideas about what Paul and Silas were saying. They were willing to look to an ultimate and final source of truth to base their beliefs upon. They were willing to look at Scripture with an open mind to see what it said rather than trying to conform the Word of God to fit their thinking.
We all need to receive the Word of God with all readiness of mind, letting go of what we think we know and seeing what the Bible really says. The Scriptures contain only truth, and our thinking has to align with it, not the other way around. The source for the answers we seek must be the ultimate authority of what God has said, and we must depend on His word whenever a question arises. We compare what preachers and teachers say to what the Bible says and don’t just assume that they are speaking truth.
But more than just seeking what the Word of God says, we must also be willing to yield, to surrender our thoughts and ideas to the authority of Scripture. We must be willing to be changed by what we find in God’s Word. We should correct our wrong thinking and ideas whenever we find a contradiction between what we believe and what God says.
What is our attitude about Scripture, especially when what the Bible says differs from what we believe or what we want to be true? Are we willing to conform to what God says, or do we stubbornly go our own way? Are we willing to approach God’s Word with an open mind and an open heart? Do we read our Bibles with a teachable spirit, desiring to learn truth rather than just be right about something? God has given us an amazing gift in the form of His Word. The things He shares with us there are important. May we simply be willing to give Scripture the ultimate authority in our lives and seek to know what it says for ourselves.