Since I was first saved, I knew the Bible was authoritative. I had no doubt of the sufficiency of God’s Word. I knew that the Bible was and is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. I knew and still know all of this, yet, along the way, I was catching myself looking for more. I wanted to hear God speak to me the way I believed He was speaking to other people. I wanted to experience and see His wonders performed in the church world.
Let me make it clear that God is more than able to do wonders beyond our imaginations. The problem is that I was getting my eyes on the spectacular rather than the God of the spectacular. I am not alone. Many people are doing it. The religious leaders of Jesus’ time and even Herod wanted to see miracles. While Jesus certainly provided these as proof of His identity, He came for so much more. He came to live and die so we could live eternally.
Here are my thoughts about why God’s word is enough.
We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight
Both Habakkuk 2:4 and Hebrews 10:38 state that the just will live by faith. In Hebrews 11, God’s people walked by faith. Yes, they saw moves of God, but mostly, they walked by faith as they endured trials. Certainly, what I am saying will not give you chill bumps. It will not make you shout, but what I am saying is true, nonetheless.
Take what I am saying in balance. Yes, God can and does perform the miraculous. There is nothing wrong with being moved with emotion when we praise and worship Him. It is when our desire for emotional highs exceed the parameters of scripture that we get in trouble. It is a fleshly fascination with experience that tempts us to go outside of scripture looking for the things of God.
God Speaks Through His Word
I am not suggesting that God does not give us wisdom to guide us in our daily lives, but we must be students of the Word before we can receive that wisdom. His wisdom is divine, and there is nothing fleshly nor flashy about it. Sometimes, even as saved people, we trip over the simplicity of the gospel. God’s ways are above us, but what He commands us to do is not. Yes, we can do nothing without Him, but in Him, we have all we need for life and godliness (see 2 Peter 1:3).
Hebrews 1:1-2 states the following: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” In John 1, Jesus is referred to as the Word, and today we have what He spoke in written form. There are 66 books of words that He has given to us. I doubt that any of us have mastered it so why do we believe the Word is not enough?
Need a Word?
While God uses other people to encourage us and exhort us, these people are not a replacement for our own private study. The chill bumps and other spectacular phenomena you experience will not take you as far as scripture will . I have found in my own life that when I was in my darkest valleys, it was scripture that sustained me. It was Bible verses I remembered that brought strength and encouragement.
Stop waiting on someone to give you a Word. Get in God’s word and get yourself a word. The supply is abundant. You can find correction, instruction, encouragement, joy, and so much more. Friends, the word of God is enough.