They are used every time we buy something at convenience stores, grocery stores, department stores, big box stores…every time and everywhere. We see them but we don’t understand them. They are just lines and spaces to us.
Since 1974 the Universal Product Code has been an indispensable part of our everyday lives. The Universal Product Code, or UPC, is a method of encoding information into a system of lines and spaces. While those lines and spaces mean little or nothing to most of us, they tell a story of the products we buy. Laser scanners read the lines and spaces on the UPC seal, register its price, subtract the item from inventory, and perform other functions whenever the product is swiped in front of their laser eyes.
Laser scanners understand the system of lines and spaces. We may not understand what those lines and spaces mean, but that does not imply they have no meaning.
At times I have heard the following phrase, “I just don’t understand the Bible.” You probably have heard it too. Just because someone doesn’t understand the Bible does not negate its truth and meaning. Its meaning is hidden for His children not from us. The Lord is concerned about our Bible understanding. The Bible when spoken or read is as seed sown into the ground to reap a crop. However, this seed is susceptible to theft when it is not understood with our hearts (Matthew 13:15 & 19).
The disciples spent over 3 years with Jesus yet after his resurrection we are told that Jesus opened the disciple’s understanding that they might understand the scriptures (Luke 24:45). Most of us hear or read the word on a regular basis. Perhaps we should ask the Lord regularly for the same understanding he dispensed to the disciples.