Jonathan Hiles, Associate Pastor, Second Baptist Church
“If you wish to know God you must know his word; if you wish to perceive his power you must see how he works by his word; if you wish to know his purpose before it is actually brought to pass you can only discover it by his word”
– Charles Haddon Spurgeon
There they were, standing with mouth agape but not so much as a whimper. My children stood before their mother at my request but lacked the message I had so eagerly wanted her to know. They had come with all the excitement of my words amidst some sort of danger but were now left with little more than heightened emotions and no explanation.
We as God’s children too often find ourselves in similar situations. We have excitement, we have urgency, we have an audience but we also have a lack of knowledge of our father’s words.
You can add all those components together and no matter how much of any element you possess, what lacks will always render you useless to our father and to those whom he has sent us to be his witness.
And if we do read, too often we are guilty of reading only a portion of the Bible. This is the equivalent of only acknowledging a portion of the conversations between God and yourself, specifically it’s remembering those words that happen to go your way.
Consider the words of our earthy fathers. Sure, some of the wisdom imparted to us by our dads might have seemed harsh, irrelevant and even unfair but those words came with noble intentions, careful forethought and the weight of personal experience. Now how much better is our heavenly father than these?
He knows us and knows what we need. Second Timothy chapter three tells us that all scripture, note that: all scripture, is God’s word and is intended to correct us, encourage us, and grow us to be righteous like him. In short, the Bible is to sustain us.
Think of it as a glorious buffet created especially for you for the rest of your life. While we may want to run to the desserts first, know that eating like this will only sustain you for a short time and that a spiritual sugar crash is soon to come.
We may not always look for the veggies first, but keeping them part of our balanced diet assures us strength and stamina to endure for the sake of accomplishing the will and command of God to make disciples according to the word.