Ways to Listen to God
The Purposes of God’s Vocal Cords – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
The question we have been trying to answer in the last couple of days is, “Why does God speak to us?” Yesterday we looked at two of God’s purposes: teaching and rebuking. Today we will look at the other two purposes that the Apostle Paul wrote about to Timothy.
The third purpose of God’s Word is to correct us. The God of all wisdom uses His vocal cords (the Bible) to correct false teaching that can get into His church and His children. When He rebukes us, God is dealing with a bad behavior. When He corrects us, He is dealing with bad thinking! We need to realize how dangerous bad thinking really is. It can’t be self-diagnosed. No one intentionally walks around thinking wrong and doing nothing about it. That would be insanity. Normal people do what they think because it seems right to them. God must step into this process and change our thinking. As we read the Bible, we give God a chance to correct bad thinking, which would eventually lead to bad behavior.
The fourth purpose for the Bible is for our training in righteousness. All of us were “born in sin” and live with a tendency to do evil. We must enter God’s boot camp and be trained to do righteousness. The Bible is our manual to help us at this point! Righteousness is all about morality and spirituality. A righteous person is one who longs to imitate Jesus Christ. We can’t do that on our own. We need training. God has spoken to this need. Listen to Him as you read the Bible!
Father, I give you permission to correct my thinking and train my soul to be holy. In Jesus’ Name, amen.