We don’t have to have the Bible to know God, but it sure makes it easier! The Spirit speaks to us through it.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, your hearts on it and instruct your minds.
9 To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge.
17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
Let’s practice by taking a passage from King David’s Psalm 143.
8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.
NOTE: This passage is on a card that I read every morning.
What can we learn?
- Each morning brings us word of His unfailing love. It’s in His Word for the reading. He has provided it for us if we will take advantage of it.
- What we read in the Bible we take as truth, not because it’s in the Bible, but because we believe that God orchestrated its writing, kept it protected all these millennia, and makes it available to us today.
- Why should we trust that the Bible–New Testament especially–is how God shows us the way to go? Peter himself told us, “For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” 2 Peter 1:16. Matthew, Peter (through Mark), John, Paul, James and Jude all walked with Jesus. They had special knowledge of having learned from Him. Luke gathered many of the stories of people who walked with Jesus (I believe he talked to Mary; it’s the only way to explain Luke’s intimate knowledge of the Advent). His testament was verified and validated by those who walked with Jesus and were still living. Why shouldn’t we believe that God will speak to us through His Word? He did with David and with Jesus.
- How do we hide ourselves in God’s Word? By immersing ourselves in it and learning it inside and out. We can’t know too much of God’s Word. Why? Because it’s alive! “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12. How does it penetrate so deeply? “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.”1 Corinthians 2:13. His Spirit leads us on level ground as He teaches us to do God’s will.
Our obedience IS God’s will for our lives.
Let’s do all we can to know God. Let’s read His Word, study it, meditate on it, memorize it, and share it with others. We can’t go wrong knowing the Scriptures, for in them we find our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We “study the Scriptures diligently because we think that in them we have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about Me,” (John 5:39) so let’s come to Him for life. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Where did I learn this? From Jesus’s words, which were written down by John as he heard Jesus say them (recorded in John 14:6).
Abba, it breaks my heart when Christians are not interested in learning about You in Your Word. It would seem that if they truly believed that You came to earth and died for them that You would be worth reading about in Your Word that You so graciously provided for them! Cause us to hunger and thirst after righteousness, O LORD. We need You to give us both the desire and the power to seek You. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Amen.
NOTE: Statistics show that people who read the Bible four or more times a week experience life change. Are YOU experiencing life change?