Thursday, 15 August 2019
In the midst of confusions, compromises and compulsions, what should we do? Do we have a compass to guide us? For me, my compass is the Word of God. I must know where to look when I need help. I must read my Bible, seek God and meditate on His Word daily. Without this discipline, it is difficult to recognise the voice of God when He speaks. God, His Word and His Spirit are one.
One morning during quiet time, I was troubled by a perpetual problem and unable to see any solution.
The voice of God spoke into my heart:
without faith it is impossible to please God.
Instantly, I knew it was God. Eight words lifted my soul. I was no longer heavy-hearted and burdened because I know that Almighty God is in control. He is Sovereign. Oftentimes, words have a deeper meaning when I hear them from God. God’s Words are Spirit and Life. (John 6:63) For the word of God is living 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. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13)
The Bible is ALIVE. The Holy Spirit of God speaks to me through it. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can reveal and communicate the Bible’s spiritual truths to us. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is just another book. Our Counsellor is the Holy Spirit. He is sent by God to teach us all things and remind us of everything Jesus has said. (John 14:26)
I am convinced that we should spend more time reading the Bible with the Holy Spirit ‘quickening’ it to us. He corrects our misinterpretations (if any) and brings us into alignment with His one, absolute truth. There is no grey area in the Word of God – no confusing doctrine, no compromise of values, and no compulsive instruction. Praise the LORD!
Having said that, I must constantly remind myself not to become a Christian Pharisee – full of Scriptural doctrines that impart no life.
Dear Father God,
As we continue to read the Bible diligently, we seek to be conformed into Christ’s image in holiness and power. We seek to meet with You, Almighty God. I pray that we will not read the Bible without inviting the Holy Spirit to illuminate it in our hearts. Truly, Your Word is Spirit and Life. Amen!
Lam Yee Ling