|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Hearing from God”
Our Bible verse for today: “You word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God speaks to us through the Bible”
I love Psalm 119. It’s the longest chapter in the Bible and it’s all about the Bible. It is 176 verses that speak of the wonder of God’s Word. In it the writer declares his devotion to the Word of God; he speaks of his love for God’s statutes and precepts; and he writes of how the Word of God provides him with the insight and clarity he needs to walk through the days of his life in a manner that is honoring and pleasing to God. Obviously, this was a person who had learned to hear God speaking to him through the written Word.
The Bible is God’s primary means of speaking to us. In it He provides us (in writing) the clearest and most direct expression of His will and His ways. Therefore, when it comes to hearing from God and understanding what He wants us to do or not do, the Bible has to be the place we go to first to hear from Him. The problem is that many Christians do not do that – at least not in a thoughtful, prayerful, slow, intentional, and systematic way. Far to often, when needing guidance from God, many Christians give a wink and nod to the Word of God, or they assume, in a general way that they sorta kinda know what the Bible probably says about the issue. But they don’t take the time to systematically search the Bible for specific answers to the actual issue they are dealing with.
Admittedly, doing so takes time, and most of us are in a hurry. We drum our fingers on the counter and yell at the microwave to “Hurry up!” We zip and zoom on the freeway, weaving back and forth from lane to lane, passing other cars on the right and on the left, all in order to gain an extra car length or two so we can arrive at our destination five minutes earlier than we would have. We’re just impatient people hurrying our way through life. But it takes patience and diligence and time to search the Bible for answers from God, and the average Christian today is just in too much of a hurry for that.
Much to their loss. The Bible is God’s primary means of speaking to His people. And not just to speak to us in a general, big-picture way like Aesop’s fables or with old fashioned country wisdom like you used to get from your grandma, but rather, God uses the Bible to speak to the specific issues of our lives – if we will only take the time to hear Him.
We will spend the next couple of days considering how God speaks to us very directly, and very specifically, through the Bible. The first step to hearing from Him through His written Word is to invest the time it requires to do so.
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One thought on “God speaks to us through the Bible”
Amen. Right on. Well said.