But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:10
The Bible is a human Book—every word written by someone—so we should study it with ordinary methods of interpretation, not turning everything into some kind of allegory but taking the literal portions of the Bible literally and correctly interpreting elements that are poetic or clearly symbolic. But the Bible is also a divine Book—every word given by God—so we must study it with the Holy Spirit as our tutor.
James M “Buck” Hatch, legendary professor at Columbia International University, taught that since the Bible is God’s Word, we must be His children to truly understand it, and we must be willing to trust it and obey it, praying in the spirit of Psalm 119:18: “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.”
In 1 Corinthians 2, the apostle Paul said that as we study the Bible, only the Holy Spirit can open our eyes to its deepest secrets (“the deep things of God,” verse 10). What a statement! Through Spirit-blessed daily Bible study, we can understand God’s deep and wonderful secrets. Approaching our study of God’s Word with meekness helps us learn and grow.
One must be continually submitted to the will of God to understand the Scriptures. James M. Hatch
God’s True and Complete Revelation (1 Corinthians 2:6-16)
Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
“We’re going on vacation!” my wife enthusiastically told our three-year-old grandson Austin as we pulled out of the driveway on the first leg of our trip. Little Austin looked at her thoughtfully and responded, “I’m not going on vacation. I’m going on a mission!”
We’re not sure where our grandson picked up the concept of going “on a mission,” but his comment gave me something to ponder as we drove to the airport: As I leave on this vacation and take a break for a few days, am I keeping in mind that I’m still “on a mission” to live each moment with and for God? Am I remembering to serve Him in everything I do?
The apostle Paul encouraged the believers living in Rome, the capital city of the Roman Empire, to “never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11). His point was that our life in Jesus is meant to be lived intentionally and with enthusiasm. Even the most mundane moments gain new meaning as we look expectantly to God and live for His purposes.
As we settled into our seats on the plane, I prayed, “Lord, I’m yours. Whatever you have for me to do on this trip, please help me not to miss it.”
Every day is a mission of eternal significance with Him!
Reflect & Pray
Have you ever been on a mission? How can you make life all about God?
Please give me grace to live for You, Jesus, so that I may one day hear You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23)
1 Kings 18:1-16
Faith and obedience are traveling companions heading to the same destination of pleasing and glorifying the Lord. They grow together simultaneously as they are practiced but wither if neglected. Therefore, God sometimes brings new challenges into our lives to strengthen our trust and submission to Him.
Elijah was a prophet who had proven himself faithful to the Lord. Even when he was told to appear before King Ahab who was seeking to kill him, he obeyed. Obadiah was another faithful servant of God who had rescued other prophets, but when Elijah told him to report his presence to Ahab, Obadiah feared for his life.
Fear short-circuits faith when we begin to doubt that God’s way is really best. If we allow anxiety to gain a foothold in our mind, we’ll respond by refusing to do what the Lord says. The result is a change of traveling companions. Instead of faith and obedience, we start walking with doubt and rebellion.
Great faith begins with small steps. When you follow God’s Word, an ever-increasing cycle of faith and obedience begins. Don’t let fear rob you of the blessings God has planned for your life.
“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.” (Matthew 25:14)
Several kingdom parables in the New Testament provide glimpses into two major principles: God’s provision and our management of His wealth.
In the parable of the talents found in Matthew, the “talents” (money) belong to the “lord of those servants” (Matthew 25:19), and he gave to “every man according to his several ability” (Matthew 25:15). Each steward had the master’s confidence and trust, and success of enterprise depended upon the servant’s productivity. Each steward received varied amounts of resources according to the master, and the reward was based on faithful use of those resources.
Luke’s parallel account (Luke 19:13-27) focused on the percent of return. In both cases, the stewards were essentially asked, “What did you do with what you were given?” Each had enormous freedom in his management and the opportunity to demonstrate his capabilities.
God funds His work through His people. The funding of the tabernacle building project (Exodus 35) is a good example. The Israelites were recently freed slaves who had all been given gold by the Egyptians until there was more than enough.
The funding of the temple during David’s reign (1 Chronicles 28 and 29) is another excellent example. The leaders gave vast amounts of wealth and building materials, setting an example for the rest of the nation. Though they did not actually build it, they had the vision for it, and their children eventually did it. God works no miracles to meet critical needs except through the miraculous giving of His willing people. HMM III