There are two great passages today – worthy of our meditation. Deuteronomy 18:15-22 and John 1:1-18.
Over the years I have had various people coming to me looking for guidance in some aspect of their lives. Often there is some important decision to be made and they are conflicted – wondering what to do and feeling the need for special guidance. Often there is no “thou shalt” or “thou shalt not” that can be applied to the situation.
In the ancient world people commonly turned to sorcery or divination in search of supernatural guidance. Some modern people do the same thing, turning to palm readers, spiritualists or astrology. In this passage Israel is bluntly informed that such practices are “detestable”. God’s people are not to engage in them (vs. 9-14).
Then immediately, God made a promise. Yes, situations will arise which are not covered by Scripture. Yes, there will be times when people need special, supernatural guidance. But, God said, then “I will raise up for you a prophet.”
God made a commitment. He Himself would provide any special guidance His people might need through prophets. Israel would never need to look to any source but God.
God has given His Holy Spirit to each believer. We can pray about each situation we find ourselves in and let God guide us. God can speak to us and guide us through His Word.
My view is that we do not stick at this searching out of God’s Word for long enough. Mostly we want the easy and quick solution, shortcutting God’s process.
Proverbs 3:5-6 should probably have the last word…..”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
In John 1 we have Jesus described as the living Word – this great mystery of Jesus taking on our human nature and becoming flesh.
While theologians tend to wax eloquent over the philosophical implications of Jesus being the Word (logos), as we read John’s Gospel we can have a simpler meaning in mind…
Jesus, the Word of God is the One through whom we hear God’s voice. He is the One in whom we see God, and welcome God into our lives.
Have a great day,