Of these two popular maxims, which would you say is true? “Out of sight; out of mind” or “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”? They appear to contradict each other and yet we could well say that BOTH are true, depending on the individual circumstances.
Some people have an either/or mentality when it comes to what is said in the Bible. Every word of the Bible is truth because God wrote it and yet we sometimes come across a passage that seems in direct conflict with another passage. How do we handle that?
Skeptics see those things as examples of why the Bible is a bunch of bunk. They cite discrepancies as proof of it. Others legalistically grab onto one scripture and build whole doctrines around it. They simply ignore other scriptures that bring balance to what they have decided the Bible means.
Neither approach is on the mark. Actually, truth is big enough to encompass what may seem like opposites. God doesn’t put those things in there to confuse us but to make us think more deeply. As humans, we want everything neatly tied up and in its own little cubbyhole.
Yet God tells us; “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9) When it comes to opposites, we need to ask for a greater portion of the wisdom of God. That will help lift us up into those higher ways to think those higher thoughts.