Search not God’s skies for special, personal signs
To know his will, as ancient man appealed
For knowledge in entrails and crooked lines.
The center: what God desires has been revealed —
He finds that way who goes to Scripture to read.
In the Bible’s words his perfect will is sealed;
There every soul shall find the pleasing deed.
Human beings disappoint, so we become wary and find it hard to trust. Politicians aren’t the only ones who fail to carry through with promises. Friends, colleagues, and family members also let us down.
For the latter groups, we need large doses of forgiveness and, sometimes, confrontation about their perfidy, in order to give them opportunity to change.
Looking inward, we discover we ourselves have also made promises that we couldn’t keep or that we decided to disregard.
One’s opinion of oneself has no positive effect upon eternal destiny. It matters not what I think of myself. Such opinions tend toward self-approval. Approval of one’s own actions does not mean that the Lord approves of them. He does not rubber-stamp our own judgments of self. Continue reading →
Is this an argument for doing without Bibles? Of course not. But it might encourage us to think a little harder about the other ways in which God speaks to us and builds up his people, and it might stop us being too hard on those who don’t find Bible reading easy. God will always bless those who seek him, and he doesn’t always need a book to do so.
So how does the author explain the deep knowledge that Israel had of God’s word? Continue reading →
… people want very much to hear from God until they actually do. In other words, if God said right now, “Andy, I need you in the slums of Detroit by the morning.” and I saw the fire leaving my home and headed towards Detroit, would I follow? Is certainty really preferred to ambiguity? Are we comfortable in our ignorance? How crazy would it be if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt where you were supposed to go?
—Andy Burns, #58/366 – Numbers 8-10 – Thinking on These Things.
An important rule of walking with God is to know Scripture within its context. Avoid misusing verses of the Bible. It is God’s word and will for our faith and life. We must respect the original meaning of its author. (This is a concept that many reject today, but twist something they say and listen to them howl!) Continue reading →