Pastor’s pulpit with RL Calhoun
When it comes to discovering and knowing the will of God, nothing is more important than spending time studying his Word under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. While God’s Word is not his only way of speaking to our hearts, there is absolutely no doubt that the Bible is his primary method of communication.
As the psalmist said: “Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). As Robert Jeffress puts it: “The Bible is God’s perfect revelation. The Bible is God’s complete revelation. The Bible is God’s living revelation. The Bible always trumps every other factor in our decision making.”
After Moses led the Israelites out of the bondage they had endured in Egypt, God called him to go up to the top of Mount Sinai. There, God gave him a message for the people on two stone tablets on which He had written the Ten Commandments.
Chuck Swindoll makes this pertinent observation about the meeting: “The first thing God gave to this man who met with Him was his truth in written form. He took the time to inscribe it in stone. He broke off a chunk of Sinai granite, honed it down so Moses could handle it and chiseled his revelation into it with his own finger.”
The Word of God must never be relegated to some kind of a secondary position when it comes to discovering the Lord’s will. Don’t adopt the attitude “Well, when all else fails, follow the instructions”. God gave his Word to instruct all of us concerning how to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him.
In fact, God’s command through the apostle Paul to Timothy is God’s command to every believer: “Study to shew (present) thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Christian author Randy Alcorn says: “The Bible is the revealed will of God. If you want to live in his will, then ‘Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly’ (Colossians 3:16). Fill your heart and mind with the Word of God, trust in his empowerment to obey Him, and confess and repent when you disobey and fail. If you do this, you will be living in the will of God!”
How much time are you spending reading God’s Word? Do you have an appointed time and place to study the Bible under the Holy Spirit who is the divine instructor?
The Bible is not to be approached superstitiously and used like a crystal ball. Letting it simply fall open without looking and reading whatever verse your finger lands on is a frivolous way to seek the Lord’s will.
As an example, a severely depressed man was searching for direction. He hoped God would speak to him, so he opened his Bible and placed his finger on a verse. It read: “Judas went out and hanged himself.”
This was not the message he was looking for, so he tried again. This time his finger fell on this verse: “Go and do thou likewise.”
That really shook him up so, out of desperation, he decided to try one more time. Here’s what he read: “And what thou doest, do quickly.”
I’ll have more to say next week about searching the scriptures to discover God’s will. Meanwhile, open the Bible and ask God to speak to your heart. Doing so will bless your life.
RL Calhoun is pastor of New Life Fellowship church in Texas City.