The Wonder of Scripture and God’s Will

Some people complain that they’re not hearing from God*. How amazing it is that we can read (or listen to) Scripture anytime and hear from God. We may or may not receive special revelation where our eyes are opened to something new and life changing, but it’s always beneficial and very special. Let’s not lose the wonder of being able to read what the good, loving and living God of the universe has written to us, telling us everything He wants us to know.

If you don’t feel this way about reading your Bible yet, be sure to pray for it. This is God’s will for you–to know and enjoy Him through it. Then wait while you keep reading. This is a gift from God, so if He takes a while, don’t feel like it’s your fault if you’re trying and obeying.

The primary purpose of reading the Bible is not to know the Bible but to know God.

–James Merritt

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
John 17:3

I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
Be good to your servant while I live,
that I may obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Psalms 119:16-18

*Some people want to hear about specific things about God’s will for their lives. Sinclair Ferguson, R.C. Sproul and Kevin DeYoung (Amazon Affiliate links) have written good books on this. Also, the Kindle edition of Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur is only $2.99 as I write this. I heard a sermon by him on this and it was excellent. From what I gather, much of this is similar to Garry Friesen’s book Decision Making and the Will of God. I read the first edition and liked it a lot, but it’s been a long time since I read it. I think they all basically have the same take on it which some who believe in special revelation will vehemently disagree with.

Garry Friesen

Kevin DeYoung

3 Responses to “The Wonder of Scripture and God’s Will”


  1. 1 Eric

    That’s so true. Even last night I was reading Ro. 8, a chapter I’ve read many times, but it was like He infused it with fresh meaning & insight for the circumstances I’m currently facing. Before I begin reading the Bible, I try to remember to pray Ps. 119:18, “open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.”

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    That’s a good idea to pray that verse.
    Jeff

  3. 3 TC

    Wonderful quote from James Merritt.

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