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,
John 5:24 – Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (ESV)
Romans 10:17 – So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (ESV)
What is your faith built upon? Your pastor’s preaching? What your parents taught you? BSU, FCA or some other Christian organization? Certainly, all of these are great sources of truth, but none of these serve as the ultimate source of your faith. All of these have simply been the conduit through which the “word of Christ” was proclaimed to you. For through the word of Christ comes faith. Continue reading
I absolutely love this from Tim Keller. May we all recognize that the entirety of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation is about our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Rest in Jesus,
Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more crafty that any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Quite possibly the most deceptive question a person can entertain is the first question the serpent asked Eve. “Did God really say…?” has the potential to completely derail a person’s faith. For if a person can be led to question the truth of what God has said in His word, then they will be forced to ask if there is such a thing as absolute truth. When they question the reality of absolute truth, they begin the downward spiral into a world of relativity where what is true is determined by the person asking. In a world of relativity, the truth is whatever you want it to be. Continue reading