Thursday, January 16, 2014

(40 Days of Focus) Day TWELVE: "God Speaks"

Read: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV).
Think About It: “Daddy, this isn’t working. It’s messed up. I think we need one.” These words were spoken by a young boy as he endeavored to construct a marshmallow shooter from a kit received as a gift. Upon further review of his progress up to that point, it was soon discovered that there was, indeed, a problem. When asked if he had been reading and following the directions, he responded that rather than read, he tried to build by looking at the pictures and “figuring it out.” The result was simple. It wasn’t coming together. His frustration was not in the design, but in his own unwillingness to follow the directions that were written by the designer. When the failing contraption was dismantled and reconstructed by following the directions, the marshmallow shooter was complete. The young boy was then able to experience the joy and excitement of a special gift because he had chosen to adhere to the directions of its designer.
Going Deeper: One of the most quoted reasons and arguments that many offer as their chief hang-up with looking at the Bible as “God’s word” is that, “It was written by a man.” And since people are imperfect, the Bible has to also be imperfect. How can anything perfect come from those who are imperfect? The amazing element of God’s grace that shines like a candle in the darkness, is that God has always chosen to work acts of perfection through the imperfection of those He created. The story of God’s love is His heart to redeem, to perfect, and to restore those who choose to receive Him. “All Scripture is ‘God-Breathed…” God spoke to through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to those who were willing to listen and communicate God’s divine message. He didn’t take them over by force, but yet they surrendered to His voice. Though Scripture is written through the style and, at times, the first-hand experiences of the writer, it is the Divine guidance of God’s Spirit that directed them to convey what a truth-thirsty world needed to hear. Every word that is written is the voice of God spoken to you. He designed you for relationship and for communication. His Word speaks of His love, His plan for your life, and of His will for every decision you make. His Word speaks of what is right and wrong, what is good and just, and of the purpose He has hand-crafted for everyday of your life, no matter the trial you may face. With Christ, through His written Word, you are never lost in the silence. He speaks.
Next Step: The Bible says that “all scripture is God-breathed” for the “teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training for righteousness.” God uses the Bible to give you the wisdom and clarity you need to live the kind of life He’s called you to live. Here’s the question to ask yourself: “What am I lacking that God may want to teach me?” “What’s going on in my life that contradicts the life God wants me to live?” “What behavior or mindset might God desire to correct that maybe I’m not seeing right now?” “What is in my future that God wants to prepare me for?” With any of these questions, look to His Word, open your heart, and listen. God will never lead you where He will leave you. He stays. He speaks. Are you ready to listen?

1 comment:

Joy Lenton said...

Insightful thoughts, Chris. As one who has 'listen' as my #oneword365 for 2014, I know how vital it is to allow God to speak to us through His word.
And as we read and meditate upon it, He reveals all that we need to know to take the next step ahead of us.
Thank you for this instructive post. Blessings :)