In my last post I talked about how those who turn away from God and his word think that they are enlightened. But in reality, they are truly fools who have turned away from God. The irony is that only when we turn toward God can we truly be enlightened. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from Psalm 13:3 Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; enlighten my eyes. And I add to that, enlighten my understanding.The psalmist was asking for clarification in the situation he faced, which was death at the hands of his enemies. But even when we are not faced with death, should we not turn to the God who knows all things, and ask Him to enlighten our minds to the truth of His word?
I think so many would be better off if they were to take such a tact. Intstead, we look to the thoughts of men, instead of the One who really teaches us. NOT that I think others in the faith cannot help us understand. I’m not saying that we should jettison all those who have gone before us. You won’t find me joining the emmergent church. But our first route in growth should be by asking the Holy Spirit to help us understand God’s truth and word. He is the One who really teaches us, whether or not we use the help of other men.
In fact, I would say that we have to use other men to help us understand. And we need to be careful about who we use there as well. Let the Holy Spirit direct our paths in that manner too. But if we do choose to look to other men for help, we do need to discern whether or not they are godly men. After all, we don’t want to look to men like… well, Bill Clinton for biblical understanding. His character is such that he has proven himself to be a non-believer. You know, even though I don’t doubt the faith of George Bush, I don’t think I would look to him for biblical understanding.
Then were do we turn? How about the church? How about the men that God has already used in the life of the church to help us grow in our understanding of Biblical truth. Why not turn to Augustine, John Owen, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Martin Luter and John Calvin. Men that have been used by God in a wonderful way to grow the church. Not that all that they said was right, but they can help us understand the deeper truths we find in Scripture.
At the same time, let us call upon the Lord as the Psalmist did… Consider and hear me, O LORD my God; enlighten my eyes.