A woman accidently locked herself out of her car. A man was walking by and offered to help. The woman agreed, so he ran off to find the standard tool for such a problem, a wire coat hanger. In a couple of minutes the man returned and began fashioning the coat hanger when he suddenly stopped. “Are you sure this is your car?” he asked. “Because I did a few years for making this very mistake.” The woman looked more closely at the vehicle and started to notice some small differences. Embarrassed, she admitted, “No, this isn’t my car.” (SermonIllustrations.com, expanded).
It always pays to do a little searching and investigating. Even with the best intentions, it can be difficult to know if something is right or not. Since there is so much opinion and religious confusion in our world, this principle especially applies.
There is perhaps no better example of proper investigation in all of Scripture than with the Bereans. Acts 17:11-12 says, “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.”
With so many different religions and beliefs, it can be extremely difficult to figure out which one is true (Matthew 7:15-23; Ephesians 4:4-6). However, the truth can be found! In fact, God has promised us that those who seek Him will find Him (Matthew 7:7-8). However, like the Bereans, we have to diligently and eagerly searching the Scriptures in order to find the truth. Let’s never blindly accept something without Scriptural support. Let’s adopt the Bereans love and eagerness for truth and constantly investigate the Scriptures to make sure the things we believe are right and true.