After I broke my right foot in 2013, my doctor sent me to physical therapy. Why? I was in a boot for 6 weeks, and unable to put any weight on it. Multiple muscles were weakened because my left side had to take up the slack. Everything was out of balance.
That was what Hebrews 5:1-13-4 was addressing. It says, “For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Why do we have to train young children to follow orders? They have not had their senses conditioned through past experiences. Verse 14 in the Amplified says, “….trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble, and what is evil and contrary to divine or human law.”
We learn to discriminate or distinguish from reading God’s word consistently. 1 Corinthians 2:13 says that spiritual judgment comes when we compare spiritual things with spiritual. That means that when we need to make a decision, we need to look up Scriptures that pertain. Our decision, according to verse 14, needs to be spiritually discerned.
2 Timothy 2:15 Amplified says, “Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing (rightly handling and skillfully teaching) the Word of Truth.”
Have you ever started to do something, and then hesitated because it didn’t seem right? When that happens, we need to step back because we were just checked by the Holy Spirit. He knows what is ahead of our next step ~ we don’t.