Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 14, Jeremiah 51, Romans 12, Psalm 29 – 30.
How can you be so sure?
1 Samuel 14:6 – “Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, ‘Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.'”
How can Jonathan be so sure that the Lord would work for him? How did he know that nothing could hinder the Lord?
Jeremiah 51:5a – “For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the Lord of hosts . . .”
How can Jeremiah know this? How could he possibly say such a thing during a time when Israel and Judah were in captivity under Babylonian control? How can he be so sure?
How can Paul be so sure about God’s will?
Romans 12:2 – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
How can you be transformed in your mind and be so confident that you know the mind and will of God?
How can a sad person start dancing?
Psalm 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”
How did that happen for this guy? How does God do this for a person?
Jonathan knew God would work for them.
Jeremiah knew God had not forsaken His people (when all circumstances pointed otherwise).
Paul knew one could know the will of God.
David danced instead of mourning – though things hadn’t been going so hot.
How? How can these things be? How does one have this kind of confidence? Where does one get this kind of hope? How can one – really and truly – know God’s will? How can someone be sorrowful, yet always rejoicing?
Is it magic? Is it pixy dust? Is it hoping to wake up in a good mood? Is it when the stars finally align? Is it when Chick-Fil-A finally comes to El Dorado? Is it something we just have to sit and wait for, hoping one day it will come?
Or can anyone have this same sort of bizarre confidence?
Psalm 29 is helpful here. Consider:
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
The voice of the Lord has ZERO limits. It makes the impossible, possible. It makes something from nothing. It causes the miraculous. It transforms circumstances and situations.
Jonathan and Jeremiah and Paul and David had this bizarre confidence due to the fact that they knew the Lord. How did they know the Lord? Through the means by which the Lord has chosen to make Himself known – His Word. God reveals Himself to us from His Word. His Voice. His Word isn’t like any other word or voice. It thunders. It is full of majesty. It breaks cedar trees and causes nations to skip like newborn calfs. It has the power to do to forests what tornadoes do – except He does it to our hearts.
You can approach life like Jonathan did.
You can have peace in horrific circumstances like Jeremiah did.
You can break out into dancing when it seems as you should mourn like David (even as a Southern Baptist!).
You can discern God’s will like Paul said you could.
How? Knowing God from His Word.
Don’t just read the Bible today so you can say you did. Read it to find more of God. Read it so you can trust in Him and His ways. Read it so that in your heart you can walk toward your day and cry, “Glory!”