September 8

Written by Bill Grandi on September 8th, 2022

In yesterday’s devotion I wrote about Principle #5:

God’s will is a flashlight, not a crystal ball; walk to the edge of the darkness and wait.

That got me thinking how some approach God’s Word (GW) with what I called the “crystal ball” or “floodlight” approach. Before I go any further though, I need to say one or two very important thoughts:

  1. I firmly believe GW is inspired by God and is totally inerrant (without error). I base that on 2 Tim. 3: 14-17, especially verse 16.
  2. I also firmly believe it is God’s primary way of speaking to His people. All things, all claims of people saying, “God told me this or that” must have their foundation in GW. For someone to say, for example, “I killed those people because God told me to” is hogwash and the person is either psychologically delusional or fishing for a reason to justify sin. God will NEVER violate His Word.

With those thoughts in mind, there are those who treat GW like a crystal ball or expect a floodlight to shine down on them with a neon sign and say, “Do this!” Some even expect a floodlight to highlight a verse. You have probably heard the story of the man who used this approach by opening his Bible and pointing to a verse. It said, “Judas went out and hung himself.”  He hurriedly closed his Bible and opened it again and pointed to another verse. It said, “What your hand finds to do do it with all your might.” That wasn’t what he wanted to hear either so he closed his Bible, opened it and pointed and the verse said, “What your hand finds to do, do quickly.”  That is the shotgun approach many take to finding guidance in GW. It is like they are expecting the Bible to be a crystal ball, rub it and all truth will come out. It is like they expect that approach to give them all the insight they need to make a right decision and to know God’s will.

Nope. While I believe GW is living and active, I don’t believe it is a crystal ball telling us what to do and when to do it. God has given each of His children the Holy Spirit and that Spirit leads and guides us. But he will never lead us to act contrary to the Word. God guides us by His Word and shows me the path I am to walk, but there is no neon sigh that lights up, either in GW or in life, which says, “Choose me!”  I go back to my friend’s statement (see August 17 post) where he said, “Bill, choose the one. In any case, even if it is the wrong one, God will not abandon you.”  He was right.

God will never lead us astray. The Holy Spirit will never say, “Go your own way.” Pray. Seek His will. Read His Word for wisdom and guidance and strength to follow. Walk with Him to the edge and wait. To borrow a few lines from The Trail:

If God loves me, then He protects me. He guides me by His Word and shows me the path to walk. A safe path, because He knows where the danger lies. So I walk to the edge of the darkness and wait. (p.110)

God’s Word is a lamp not a crystal ball to rubbed, nor is it a floodlight that will shine down to highlight an action to take. We are given His Spirit and a mind to make decisions that will always be in line with GW.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    Great thoughts this morning! I totally agree regarding God’s Word being the foundation from which all should be built. I also realize that though it may, or should be, the Christian foundation…
    Not a crystal ball, not a flood light, but a lamp to guide my walk. I can’t expect the world to be able to see what I see when the lamp is being held in my hand, though, the world should be able to notice that I am making it along the journey with greater peace and joy and wonder… why is that so? Others may notice, others may ask, doors may be open to light another lamp.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Very true Ryan. The world can’t understand. Paul put it that the “carnal cannot understand the spiritual.” We can’t and shouldn’t expect the world to understand what God’s Word (the light) is showing us. But what they should see is us being guided by that light). Thanks for sharing your thoughts this morning.

  2. gail says:

    I like Tony Evans hope words: We are not called to adapt the Bible to our lives, but to adapt our lives to the Bible. God’s words are perfect, it’s a pursuit we will spend our lifetime trying to learn, that’s why the Holy Spirit is with us to guide us, and enlighten us. We do not need to make the Bible into a crystal ball, if we walk with the Lord, and make Him our priority, He will show us the path. It is not God’s desire to defeat us, He wants to us to grow in spiritual maturity, so of course His desire is to strengthen us and lead us. We just need to trust Him and lean on Him for the guidance that is already provided.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Thanks Gail for the comment. I am glad you shared Tony’s words. They are spot on. And I totally agree with your assessment on the Bible and God showing us the path we need to take.

  3. Although we can definitely experience a revelation in reading God’s Word, we shouldn’t be expecting it. No spot light or crystal ball, but lots of eternal life and love.
    Blessings, Bill!