“Lord, what do you want me to do?”
“Lord, what should I do?”
“Lord, what now?”
What? where? when? who? why? how?
We’ve heard that statement for so many times now, and may have even uttered it in our personal prayers. When faced with decision making, or trials, or uncertainties, it is not uncommon for people to question God on what to do. We pray and pray and pray but we receive no answer, leaving us hanging in mid-air. But still we continue on praying, hoping that a Holy voice from heaven will resound and instruct us the way biblical prophets were instructed.
While not impossible, If God had intended to answer us always in a literal sense, then what of the Bible? It would be just another book on a shelf– filled with recounts of history from the beginning of the creation. If that were the case, I doubt people would put much effort in reading it. Why read when God answers you directly? But no. The Bible – a book that survived thousands of years of peace and war – is not written for nothing. While at first glance, it may literally be a recount of history, it is also laden with structured guidelines, instructions, promises, warnings and teachings all written by different hands, but one Author. And considering it survived history, then it must be a divine message telling us of its importance if we plan on pursuing a relationship with God. Perhaps it really is an acronym: Basic Instructions before Leaving Earth. B.I.B.L.E. 😀
Reading the Bible and meditating on it is a crucial part on spiritual growth. Like how reading a novelist’s books enables us to understand how his mind works, it is also the same for God. It is without a doubt that God wants nothing more than to show us the right paths. But I believe He is more concerned with the process of how we run the race, than the end result of reaching the finish line. This is the reason why keeping a spiritual journal is important. Meditating every day. The Bible is filled with hundreds of scriptures made up of promises and instructions that it’s impossible not to find something that would give a bull’s eye answer (and mostly, it’s not just limited to one verse). Maybe this is what David meant when he said:
Psalm 119:105 (MSG)
“By your words I can see where I’m going;
they throw a beam of light on my dark path.”
Even before the time of King David, Joshua had recognized its importance and proclaimed it to the whole Israel before the Promised Land,
And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going (Joshua 1:8 MSG)
So for those who are asking God for guidance on how to handle life, don’t just spend time praying – get reading! Prayer is your way of talking to God, however, you reading the bible is God’s way of talking to you. The answers are not so out of reach as you think it is. So read, and listen carefully to what He is telling you.
And may His words light your path.