For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

When you receive your mail, I’m sure you open the letters that are addressed to you personally before opening a letter addressed to “Occupant”. The Bible is not like a generic piece of mail addressed to “Occupant.” No, the Bible is a first-class communication from God to you. It is the primary way you and I discover God’s will for our lives.

But as wonderful as the Bible is, there are some things it cannot do for us. In fact, the Bible is helpful only when we use it in the way it was designed to be used.

First, the Bible cannot predict your future. You cannot pick out a random Scripture verse and claim it as the outcome of your particular situation. That is misusing Scripture, an attempt to try to make God do what you want Him to do. Do not try to use the Bible as a sanctified horoscope to tell you what is going to happen in your particular circumstance. It was never meant to predict your future.

Second, the Bible cannot answer every question you have about your life. Some people try to use the Bible as a theological encyclopedia to answer every question about life in general or their life in particular, such as, “Why did God allow my boss to fire me? Why did God take my mate? Why did God allow my child to be killed? Why do ungodly people prosper while godly people suffer?”

God rarely answers our “why” questions, but His Word does remind us that He is in control. That He the sovereign God of the universe Who created us and all we enjoy around us in this present world.

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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