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No Way Around It

One may ask, "What about all the promises of God? How do I get to the good part? "You can't go around it" is a statement meaning something has to be accepted. You can't go around the Bible to know God's will for your life. You won't understand the promises without understanding God's Word.

Reading, studying the Bible, and teaching God's Word are critical to knowing God's character. By understanding His character, we will understand how God worked in the lives of those before us. Knowing how God worked in our spiritual ancestors' lives will increase our knowledge of Him, His will for our lives, and our faith to walk out His will.

In John chapter 1, verse 1, John established why the Bible is necessary for spiritual growth. John, without reservation, started with "in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." We can continue to read to understand John's reference Who is the Word. John continued, "He was in the beginning with God." (John 1:2)

If Jesus is the Word and God in the flesh, is not the Bible Jesus' story revealing God to humanity? If the Bible gives us God's will, why are we constantly in battle looking for God's will or our purpose? Shouldn't we devour the Bible to know the way?

Psalm 119 is an entire passage about God's Word. A familiar scripture embedded in the selection is "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (v. 105). God's Word is the path to a better understanding of His will. Isaiah 40: 8 declares, "The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the Word of God stands forever." The Bible is timeless and effective for practical faithful living.

A wealth of knowledge comes from the process of struggling with God. Jacob wrestled with God for his blessing. Don't neglect the lessons from the blessings. 

It is often discouraging to some to realize that the struggle is part of getting to the good stuff. The struggle is sometimes better than the results of the struggle. Understanding that the "good stuff" is not visible becomes evident as we learn about God. In other words, it is not fame and fortune. Though fame and fortune are possible, they are not God's goal. God desires every man to repent, not wanting anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9). Don't be alarmed. God is also for meeting your needs. If we seek His Kingdom first, meaning His will and His ways, things we need will be provided (Matthew 6: 33).

Reconciling us to God, Jesus came and not only fulfilled the promise of the Old Testament but also laid the foundation for our relationship with God and others. The Bible gives examples of real people with real people problems trying to live out God's will. We learn how they dealt with many crossroads and made faithful decisions. We can relate to their failures. We are encouraged by their comebacks. We see the interactions people have with other people. The conflicts people have with God on behalf of others and themselves are from Genesis to Revelation.

Desiring to know who you are and how to use your talents and gifts begins with knowing your Creator. Your life's path is within His design. Your walk with Him will become more apparent. However, the only way to understand how to walk with Him is getting know His character. The Bible is the best source to start and finish your journey. You can't go around it.


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