Sometimes I read the Bible and ask the Lord, “Why is this verse here, and what can I learn from it?” When I ask these questions, I’m thinking of 2 Timothy 3:16.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

Verse 17 tells us the “why.”

So that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:17 (NIV)

While reading Judges 1, I encountered an incident in the text I didn’t understand. At least, I didn’t know why it was in the Bible; how could it teach, rebuke, correct, or train?

And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.” Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.

One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him a to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”

She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

Judges 1:12-15 (NIV)

Othniel was courageous enough to take Kiriath-Sepher, but when it came to asking for something that wasn’t in his wife’s dowry, he was timid about it, so she asked for him.

There are different types of bravery and courage. Not everyone who takes on a lion can handle everything else. In the same way, someone may be very skilled in one complicated area while seeming ignorant in an area significantly less demanding. Yet, the complications in anything derive not from the task itself but from the knowledge required to perform the task. Where Othniel was timid, his wife was not.

If we apply this concept to the body of Christ and, indeed, in marriage, we can understand that we need to work together to complement each other and celebrate our differences instead of against each other and criticizing each other for our weaknesses. Indeed, Paul gives us this insight from 1 Corinthians.

On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.

1 Corinthians 12:22 (NIV)

When we read the Bible and find things we don’t understand, it’s not only okay to ask God why they’re in the Bible or what we can learn from them, it’s expected that we do so. Then, after we’ve asked and God’s given us the insight, we should celebrate, thank him, and share what he’s revealed to us, giving him all the glory!

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe you died on the cross and were buried, and God the Father raised you from the dead on the third day. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.