Principles

Published on Jun 5th, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Principles

 

When I was in college I had a friend who was studying pastoral ministries.  He was a good student and always did well with each class he took.  He worked hard in everything he did, especially in his Greek and Hebrew classes.  As he later told it, the Bible was a huge book of questions that he needed to decipher and find the answers to.  What does this mean in the Greek?  How does this truth fit into the rest of this chapter and this book?  After graduation he went on to work in a church and to go to seminary to pursue his Masters in Biblical Counseling.  Something that I myself chose to do years later.  While studying the Word of God and trying to understand the world of counseling he arrived at a different conclusion than he did at college.  He learned that the Bible wasn’t a book of questions that needed to be deciphered and then answered but the Bible was a book of answers that God has given for us to be able to live life in a way that glorifies him the most.  What a difference this made in his life as he now devoured the Word in a way that he never had before.  He now viewed the Bible as a treasure chest full of divine help and guidance.  The issues of life that he was experiencing and learning about in his counseling classes were addressed in this intimate letter given by God.  Words still needed to be defined correctly and context of truths was still a worthy work to be done but that is not all the Bible was anymore.  He was learning to see the Bible for the gift it really was.

 

I am wondering if in our lives we are seeing the Bible for the gift it really is?  We know that it contains the words of eternal life but do we understand that the Bible is also a book of answers for every aspect of our lives?  II Timothy 3:15,16 tells us that the Bible is from the breath of God and is written so that we may be equipped for everything God calls us to do.  When we combine that with the truth that God calls us to do all things, even eating and drinking, to the glory of God then we can rest assured that the help we need to live life is found in it’s holy pages.

 

Wives who have unbelieving husbands are helped in I Peter 3:1-6.  Husbands find answers in Ephesians 5 and I Peter 3.  Bulimics find help in the sovereign love and compassion of God.  Parents who are trying to balance their child’s schedules are guided by Matthew 6:21; Hebrews 10:24,25 and II Corinthians 4:18.  Teens trying to decide what to do with their lives find answers to the will of God in Philippians 3:12-16.  I found direction as to who I was to marry by comparing Proverbs 31 to each person I was attracted to.  My friend found answers as to why he had cancer by trusting the truths found in II Corinthians 4:16-18 and I Corinthians 10:31.  Want to know how to deal with people?  Read Matthew 5; Romans 12; I Peter 4:8 (among many other passages).  Proverbs 26 has great answers for getting involved with other people.  Psalms 10 has help for victims.  We could go on and on.

 

I have never been disappointed in the Word of God and it’s ability, by the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit, to answer my questions of life.  I have not always understood the answers and, at times, I have disagreed with what God has said but I have learned that God is always right and that his ways lead to peace and joy.  My joy and peace bring great glory to God.

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