I often hear the phrases “Word of God” and “The Bible” used interchangeably. I have even been guilty of this myself. However, after careful consideration, I am rethinking my philosophy regarding the “Word of God” in regards to reading the Bible. You may be asking yourself…”where is he going with this?” so let me explain.
The Bible was never meant to be a substitute for the actual “word” or “voice” of God. It was only intended to used as an instruction manual to lead us into authentic, one-on-one intimacy with the Father. One of the by-products of this intimacy is being able to recognize is voice.
2 Timothy 3:16 (AMP) states:
All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately–behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]
“Profitable for instruction…”
I recently purchased a desk for my home office. When it arrived, I opened the box to find a bunch of parts that seemed to have no order to them whatsoever. It was my responsibility to find out how the pieces should fit together. Knowing this, the first thing I searched for was the instruction manual. The picture on the outside of the box “told” me what the finished product should look like, but I had to put in the work by following the instructions to make it happen.
In much the same way, the purpose of the Bible is to instruct us as we put in the work to properly arrange the seemingly random pieces of our lives. The Bible teaches us what God had in mind when he created us, and gives us instructions to build a life that pleases him. Reading the Bible is only part of the process. We must allow the Scriptures to lead us into the presence of God in prayer so that we can become acquainted with his “voice” or his “word.” In God’s presence is where the power of his “word” is discovered, and the purpose of the Bible is to give us that point of reference as we build our destiny.
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