And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the Lord. And the Lord appeared again at Shiloh, for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord. – 1 Samuel 3:19-21 (ESV)
Notice how the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel. It was by the Word of the Lord that Samuel knew the Lord. Samuel knew the Lord through the prophetic dreams and visions he received. He also knew Him through studying the Law. God reveals Himself to us in the same way today.
Certainly we can still experience dreams and visions, but primarily, God reveals Himself to us through the 66 Divinely inspired books of the Bible. Years ago the discipleship ministry known as The Navigators developed an illustration to help us see the ways in which we can interact with the Word of God. It was called the hand illustration.
We hear, read, study, memorize, and meditate upon the Bible, and through this, we get the blessing of knowing its author so we can in turn make its author known.
Today’s Challenge: Take some time to thank God for His word. Sunday is great opportunity to participate in each of these five practices. As you prepare to gather with your local church family, pay close attention to how you interact with God’s Word today. Can you practice all five of these disciplines? I assure you, if you do, like Samuel, you’ll be closer to your Heavenly Father!
Rest in Jesus,