A Thought For Your Christian Journey:
Hungry For The Word
How sweet are thy words unto my
taste! yea, sweeter than honey
to my mouth!
How is the Word of God for you today?
Do you hunger and thirst after righteousness, do you sincerely desire the
guiding counsel of your Heavenly Father?
Does your spiritual sweet tooth long for the milk and meat of God’s Word?
One of the most common questions I am asked as a pastor is
“How do I know the will of God for my life?”
I believe that all born again Christians have a longing within them,
instilled by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, to discern and live in
the center of God’s will. It seems
evident that many in our world have the same desire, as evidenced in pagan and
other non-christian religious systems.
So the answer to this question impacts all of our lives.
The popular answer to this question seems to pivot around the
way one feels. They might be told:
If it feels right in your heart then it probably
If you have a peace of mind about the matter then
If it gives you goose bumps, then God must be
The problem with each of these responses, and many other forms
of these questions, is that they are based upon our human emotions, feelings
and/or our rationalizations. Each
of us need to be reminded that:
17:9 The heart
is deceitful above all
things, and desperately wicked:
who can know it?
There is a way which seemeth
right unto a man, but the end thereof
are the ways of death.
The truth is that God
wants you to discover and know His will.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him
ask of God, that giveth to all men
liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
So just how does one
discover the will of God? God says:
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse
his way? by taking heed thereto
according to thy word.
You discover the will
of God by hungering and thirsting for the Word of God.
The will of God for probably 95% of the issues you will face in your life
(my estimate) are revealed within the passages of God’s never changing Word, the
Bible. All you need to do is read
it, study it, meditate upon it, memorize it, and by doing all of these make it
an instrumental part of your life.
When you realize that the Bible is not just a mere rule book, or religious myth,
and is the living counsel of Almighty God for your life daily, then you will
learn to desire it as the Psalmist expressed in our text.
So, How about it?
Is the Word of God like spiritual candy for your soul?
It should be.
Published July 18, 2007
A Response To This Artcle:
Thanks for this thought. In our
age, more and more churches are emphasizing the ‘experiential’ side of our
faith. It seems that what the Word says is no longer important, as long as you
have a ‘good worship experience’, ‘exhibit the gifts’, etc, etc. I recently
devoured Michael Horton’s book “In the face of God”. He wrote about 10 years
ago warning of the ‘new gnosticism’ which Francis Schaeffer called ‘the new
super-spirituality’. This book was refreshing for me, even though Horton’s
theology is a little too Calvinist for me at points. I hope you’ll find the
following quote encouraging.
“Apart from the Word, there is no salvation and no
activity of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people. Where the Word is not
rightly preached, the Spirit is not active in power. It is impossible to have a
place in which the Word is preached clearly (as the proclamation of Christ),
where the Spirit is absent in his power and saving strength. It is equally
impossible for the Spirit to be actively present if the preaching of Christ is
not the central focus.”
Schaeffer’s booklet ‘The New
Super-Spirituality’ was prophetic, warning of ‘Christian’ leaders who would say
‘just believe’ on topics where good apologetics were available. And not only
would they expect blind faith, they would speak the words in an elevated ‘holy’
tone. Thank the Lord for the things revealed! He also warned of churches
compromising on clearly stated scriptural guidelines, like ignoring
‘unscriptural divorce’ in screening future church leaders. One of the churches
we recently visited, called for deacon nominations, and simply listed 80
‘qualified’ men. What was their qualification? They merely had to have
been church members for at least 2 years.
prayer for Crossroads is that we will continue to exhibit the distinguishing
mark of not compromising on the ‘revealed things’. Let us equip the saints with
the right ‘head knowledge’, knowing that an orthodox faith is foremost
established on the historical fact of Christ’s atonement and resurrection.
I know I am saved because I rest my entire intellectual weight on His completed
sacrifice!! It really doesn’t matter how I felt this morning, last Sunday, or
Christmases past. It doesn’t matter whether I can babble on with unintelligible
syllables, wow people with lofty words, or emotion dripping music.
all you do for the Kingdom, and crossroads in particular.
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