What is the word of God?The Westminster Larger Catechism: With Scripture Proofs. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1996.
The holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience.
How do I know that God exists? This is meaning of the second question of the Larger Catechism, and the answer, in brief, is that we know God exists through the light of nature and the evidence of His works in the world. However, because of our fallen nature, not only are we morally corrupted in sin, but our minds are darkened to the knowledge of God. Therefore, God was pleased to give His Word and Spirit, that we may know Him, learn to fear and love Him, and honor Him as our God and Lord.
The followup question, then, is “What is the word of God?” Where do we go to find what God says about Himself, about us, and about how we can be saved from sin and death and reconciled to God?
The catechism is straightforward in its answer, “the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the word of God, the only rule of faith and obedience.”
That should settle it, right?
Why then do people continue to search for God as though they were without at witness? Why do people come to their pastor and ask, “What is God’s will for my life?” Why do people long to hear God speak, and are so hungry to hear a word, any word, that they will turn to spiritualism and false teachers to satisfy their hunger?
The “spiritual but not religious” crowd will tell you they believe in God, but downplay the authority of the written Word of God. They will trust a “pastor” who will stand up and say, “God spoke to me last night, and here’s my word for you today…” long before they’ll willingly sit under a pastor who opens the Scripture and says, “Thus says the Lord.” They will build their belief about who God is on their feelings and preferences, rather than on how God has revealed Himself in His Word. They will discern God’s will for their lives by following their own heart, ignoring the fact that God’s Word teaches us that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
I know of people who have prayed that God would give them a sign that He loves them, cares for them, and is listening to their prayers – wanting something written in the clouds – while their Bible is closed and unread. The Christian Hip-Hop group Beautiful Eulogy writes, “
We prefer a riddle
Dying to see a miracle
While holding God’s diary
Looking for signs
Friends, if you want to know God’s Will for your life, look to God’s Word.
As Justin Peters is noted for saying, “If you want to hear God speak to you, read His Word. If you want to hear Him speak audibly, read it out loud.”
If you want to know what God is really like; if you want to know the power of His love, grace, and mercy; if you want to know the wisdom of God; if you want to know God’s plans for your life; if you want to discern God’s good and perfect will for your life; if you want to know how to live in a way that would please Him and give Him glory…
Look to God’s Word.