2 Peter 1:16, 19-21
We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty… And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

One of the joys of knowing God is that He has given us His word to know Him, to hear from Him, to learn about Him, and therefore to be directed by Him alone. As Christians in today’s fast paced life, we tend to like everything spoon fed to us and so instead of making the effort to seek God through His word, we seek Him through people we consider inspired by Him and who therefore are able to minister to us most effectively because what they preach is God’s word and what we are therefore directed to do is God’s will. Is that not what God is directing us to understand from the passage above?I was told by a dear friend yesterday that most christians might find it difficult to understand the word and therefore would find it more relevant to receive God’s word through His chosen children. My point of contention to this thought is that it makes the world of God seem futile and worse still, the Holy Spirit is left ineffective because our primary source of inspiration should be God’s word. The old testament prophets foretold the coming of Jesus and the establishing of Israel as God’s people and it was proved true because they were inspired by God alone. The new testament apostles lived their lives directing us to God and this all combined together with Jesus’ life and ministry make up most of the Bible which is sufficient for our daily living. We do NOT need anything more than the word of God and to understand it, God has provided us His Holy Spirit to minister it to us.

However, we also need to remember that those who call on the name of the Lord and serve Him publicly do so to direct us to God. My calling was not for my own glory but to do the will of God. However, I urge you as a follower of Christ or as a seeker to find your direction from God’s word as I do. This devotional is meant to be a side dish to your faith building process and not the meat of your spiritual communication with God. That is the same as our pastors who teach, famous evangelists who speak, etc. They are all serving God by sharing His word but our responsibility as followers of Jesus is to seek God directly through His inspired word, to invite the Holy Spirit to help us discern the meaning of the word and to be able to find direction by God’s leading. I know I have probably shot this devotional in the foot by today’s post but like we are reminded by Peter, God’s word is God inspired and we will do well to pay attention to it.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Comments
  1. Your post is awesome and needed . . .it has not been shot. 🙂 Sometimes His word is hard to understand. We might need help. We can learn from others. But, ultimately it’s our responsibility to read His word and ask Him for direction and help with that. My pastor told us once to just keep reading our bibles, whether we understood it or not, to not worry about getting everything. That really blessed me and the more I kept reading, the more He kept talking to me from His word. I may not understand everything, but I am trusting that I am understanding what He wants me to each day. God bless you Vineet! You are doing such a great job here!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Deb,
      Thank you for your encouraging words. As you can imagine, my big concern is that christians seek God from His word and any material outside His word is for additional spiritual encouragement but not the word by itself. When I hear of people following only devotionals or reading books and watching tv to hear from God, I get worried because our calling as christians is to seek God not from the comfort of our couches but from the pages of His word and by praying and communicating with Him.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Vineet, I love the humility of this line: “This devotional is meant to be a side dish to your faith building process and not the meat of your spiritual communication with God.” Although you might think you “shot this devotional in the foot” with this post, remember no meal is complete without the side dishes. The meat, the entree of God’s Holy Word, is essential, but the side dishes of devotionals like yours, Deb’s, Jim’s, etc or books by good Christian authors, can help make the spiritual meal more complete. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda,
      Thanks for the clarification and encouragement. Like I mentioned to Deb, that is what I want the world to know that God’s word comes before my word and everything should be based on that alone. Each of us are merely signposts to God for those who need additional directions and God’s word is where we are directing them to 🙂
      In Christ,
      Vineet

      • Yes, you are absolutely correct! Our devotionals should be directing people to God’s Word and they must be the basis of our teachings. We should be, as you have here, encouraging people to open their Bibles and hear God themselves. Devotionals and Christian inspirational books alone will never be enough for the full Christian life. Peace, Linda

        • ServantBoy says:

          Linda,
          Thank you for being in agreement and I pray that all who serve Jesus will be of the same opinion. I’m just tired of hearing people quote famous Christians rather than the word of God and worry if we in our service don’t mention it clearly enough that we are but the side dish to their faith walk.
          In Christ,
          Vineet

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