How do you view the Word of God? As the commands and revelation of the Creator of heaven and earth or is it merely “interesting” to you … one more opinion in a list of options for making decisions and solving life’s problems? Or is it the standard by which you weigh everything?
Before you answer … you might ask yourself if, when talking about some Biblical command or principle, you’ve ever said:
- I tried that, it just didn’t work.
- Well, I just believe …
- I know what the Bible says, but …
- This is almost 2017.
- We live in a different world.
As my husband says, “Amen” or “Oh! Me!”
Hosea 9 & 10
3 John 1-14
The Word of God … Cafeteria Style
Rejecting the Revelation of God
Even though Scripture tells us that everyone has enough revelation of God through His creation to recognize there is a Creator and to cry out to know Him (Rom. 1.18-23), many people live in ignorance of the written Word of God.
Sadder still, is to be given the amount of special revelation Israel was given as a nation, and to ignore or reject it.
“I have written for him the great things of My law, but they were considered a strange thing” (8.12).
God so desired to reach the heart of His people that He gave them prophets to proclaim the truth to them, but instead of heeding God’s warning, they ridiculed them, calling them fools … insane (9.7).
Little has changed, even though, we live in a day when the Word of God has free reign. He has revealed Himself to us through His Word and the prophets who wrote it. And He has blessed us with pastors and teachers and others who can help us understand His written Word.
There is such an abundance of good spiritual resources available and, yet, so few take advantage of them. Most people are content to come to church on Sundays thinking they have their ticket punched for heaven and to live life their own way the rest of the time.
The Word of God is “interesting” to them and they like hearing a nice message, but they don’t acknowledge it as God’s written revelation and command to them. It’s optional, depending on whether or not they “agree with it”! They take the Word of God as a suggestion, not the Word of a Holy Sovereign God. Continue reading