This can be, and sometimes is a little daunting. Listeners want a Bible-based answer that at least attempts to resolve the issue. We don’t get to research topics. We also do not have the right to just talk off the top of our head. People may not know everything about the Bible, but they often know when you are ‘feeding them a line.’
Neither one of us act like we have it all together or know all the answers. We don’t come across like we know the Bible backwards and forwards. We just have a sincere confidence in four things…
1 – There is no area of life into which God has not spoken.
2 – There is no area of life into which the Bible does not speak.
3 – There is no question to which the Holy Spirit will not guide us into truth.
4 – At the end of the day, we must follow God by faith, even when the answer seems incomplete to us.
We were both raised in homes of pastors, in the church every week for decades, and have studied the Word in preparation for decades of ministry. At the risk of sounding arrogant, let me say that between the two of us there is a great amount of knowledge and wisdom in regards to God/Bible/Christian truth. There isn’t too much we haven’t come across in our contexts of ministry. We are students… true disciples of the Word. Beyond that we have both been gifted by God to guide people into truth.
That being said, we do not have a hotline to the throne that is not accessible by everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord. I’ve often said, “God is not playing ‘Hide & Seek’. He’s playing ‘Seek & Find’ with us.” Christ doesn’t want us wandering in the dark, hoping we run into a ‘wise old religious sage’ who can answer our life and God questions. If you are a believer, redeemed and restored, you have within you the Holy Spirit. God resides in you. He speaks to you. He loves to answer your questions through the Bible and through His Spirit. Just like a loving mother or father, He wants to guide you.
Jesus was the ultimate Teacher/Rabbi while He was on earth with His disciples. He knew the Scriptures (Old Testament). Christ knew how to answer the questions of those around Him… even if that meant asking the right questions so the disciples could find the right answer within themselves. But when He left to return to Heaven, He was not going to be walking beside them all the time. That wealth of answers would be gone. But He would not leave them abandoned. At one point He told them, “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak whatever He hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, because He will take from what is Mine and declare it to you. Everything the Father has is Mine. This is why I told you that He takes from what is Mine and will declare it to you.” (John 16:12-15) Look at that… The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. Wow. How awesome is that?!?
It is incredibly valuable to have a person (or several) in your life who can help you find truth that is kind of difficult to figure out. God uses people. But I hope you know today that any answer you need can be found in God. And as a believer, God can be found in you.
Today I encourage you to have confidence in these four things…
1 – There is no area of life into which God has not spoken. Be in a relationship with God. If you aren't saved... much of life won't make sense.
2 – There is no area of life into which the Bible does not speak. Read the Bible. It isn't just a normal book. It is a life-giving read.
3 – There is no question to which the Holy Spirit will not guide you into truth. Be a person of prayer. Talk with God. He won't force truth on you, but He will lavish it on those who seek Him.
4 – At the end of the day, you must follow God by faith, even when the answer seems incomplete to you. Just keep walking... even when the answer seems elusive.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
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