Throughout the Old Testament, we find cases where men inquired of the LORD. These men wanted to hear from God and know what it was He wanted them to do. Below are some examples.
“Now the sons of Israel arose, went up to Bethel, and inquired of God and said, ‘Who shall go up first for us to battle against the sons of Benjamin?’ Then the LORD said, ‘Judah shall go up first’” Judges 20:18.
“David inquired of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?’ And He said to him, ‘Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all’” 1 Samuel 30:8.
“Then it came about afterwards that David inquired of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah?’ And the LORD said to him, ‘Go up,’ So David said, ‘Where shall I go up?’ And He said, ‘To Hebron’” 2 Samuel 2:1.
“Then David inquired of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?’ And the LORD said to David, ‘Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand’” 2 Samuel 5:19.
When these men inquired of God, trusted in His wisdom and not their own, they were successful. Men like David recognized that it was God who was in control. They believed His words to be authoritative in nature. When they listened to Him, they were blessed.
I think there is something we can learn from these examples when it comes to the authority of the scriptures.
As we think about Bible authority, we need to think about what God has to say. We need to listen to His words and not our own. God has given us His words in the Holy Scriptures. Therefore, in order to hear from Him, we need to open up the Bible.
We need to have the mindset that David and others had. A mindset that says, “Lord, what is it that you want us to do?”
We need to have this attitude when it comes to worship, when it comes to marriage, and when it comes to how we live our lives, and when we do we will be blessed. It is God who gets to decide what it is that we do.
Yet sadly, it can become very easy for people to say…
“I don’t think it really matters to God whether we have instrumental music or not.”
“I don’t think it really matters if we have a fellowship hall or not.”
“It doesn’t really matter if it’s a man or a woman who is doing the preaching.”
“It doesn’t really matter if a person is baptized for the forgiveness of sins.”
All of these things do matter to God. Our responsibility is to listen to what it is that God has revealed in His word for us.