by Eddie McDonald
Ever been in the dark? I mean, pitch black, can’t-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face dark? Besides being a bit frightening, it’s pretty frustrating. If, walking through a darkened room, you’ve ever caught a shin or knee on the corner of a table, or your foot found a stray Lego®, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
When it comes to the big questions in life – the ones that can keep us up at night – there is a source little tapped anymore in our culture that sheds light on that seemingly endless black hole. Be it the darkness of suffering, discouragement, pain, loss… this light, in fact, answers those questions, causing that very darkness to flee.* Yes, this includes the very matrix of success according to God. The common thread for the Successful Life Series is this foundation.
“What is this wonder source?” you may ask. Simply put: the Bible.
You may be reading as a skeptic who has concluded that I’ve immediately discredited myself. Question: have you truly examined the evidence, or are you simply being intellectually dishonest by parroting another skeptic’s talking points? (Let me suggest a few resources: Why Believe the Bible? and How to Study the Bible by John MacArthur, and The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel.
Now, either for arguments sake or because it is a true reality in your life, let’s say you agree that the Bible is God’s revelation to mankind. Are you still stumbling in the dark? Do you have more questions than answers of late? Is the source of wisdom and truth, for you, Hollywood? Facebook? Then allow me to suggest to you that you need to turn on the Light – get in the Bible!
Jon Courson suggests four simple yet profound steps to reading the Word:
- Consistently: Have a specific time and place you can go every day to read; Read cover to cover; Don’t stress parts you don’t understand – you will in time!
- Expectantly: Don’t go through the motions – read expecting to hear from the Lord (and journal what you find!).
- Conversationally: If God talks to us through the Bible (and He does), then engage that conversation by praying as you read. After all, a relationship involves dialogue.
- Obediently: When God convicts you of something or shows you a deep truth to be acted upon – do it!
Why stumble in the darkness of this world’s bankrupt philosophies when you can turn on the light of God’s Truth by simply reading the Bible? It sure beats damaged shins!
*This needs to be taken in the context of all of Scripture. All wrongs will be righted; all suffering and pain will cease when this world ends (see Revelation 21:1-4). Until that time, however, God allows these things to accomplish His perfect plan of redemption (Romans 5:1-5; 2 Corinthians 4:7-18).
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