Our culture is all about the new stuff.
The newest model, the newest kind, the newest brand, the newest make. And sadly, this perspective happens in our Christian lives too.
We want new revelations, new words from God. We think that He's silent when He doesn't give us specifically tailored Scriptures to fit our particular needs.
"We demand to be taught something new", as Matt Chandler put it. But in this demand, we are refusing to see, acknowledge and obey what has already been given to us - and what we already know.
Let's just face it.
We get bored.
Isn't that horrible to think about? We get bored with what we have. And that even includes the Bible. We think that it 'just doesn't apply to us' in this day and age. And we need something new, something we can relate to. Why do you think there are so many versions of the Bible? (Don't even get me started on The Message.)
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work."
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17
(I italicized the words and phrases that I think have particular meaning and that I really wanted to emphasis.)
That's pretty straight-forward and self-explanatory.
The Word of God is complete, unchangeable, signed, sealed and delivered. And ALL of it was God-breathed. He used men to physically write down His words, but ultimately, every letter in the printed pages of the Bible was directly ordained by His Spirit. And every part of it is profitable for the life of one who is 'of God'.
God didn't make us and leave us on earth to just figure this life thing out. He gave us a guidebook. He provided us with a way of life to live. And we are made complete through Him and through studying and knowing His Word.
"Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in any of you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained."
- Philippians 3:15-16
I find it interesting that Paul actually had to remind the church in Philippi to 'hold true to what [they] had attained'. Another word for 'attained' is 'accomplish' or 'acquire'. So instead of 'thinking otherwise', we must hold firm to what we already know. To what God has already given us, revealed to us, told us.
Some of you may be wondering 'Well God never talks specifically about _______.' And no, He may not, but when you put other verses together and use common sense and conviction (which we get through prayer and study), there is nothing in life that cannot be answered or proven Biblically.
Everything we need for living is at our fingertips. There's a difference between acknowledging and doing, or knowing and ignoring.
May we, as Christians, always strive to hold true to what God has already manifested to us.
For without His Word, we are lost.
Originally published by Raquel on Brave