Our Daily Bread

Michael Beck

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

The Word of God has everything we need to be all we should be. It is a treasure house of wisdom, from which God cleanses our way and provides a lamp for our feet. (Ps. 119:9,105)

The key question is whether we want to be a man or woman of God. Do we want “instruction in righteousness?” A worldly person has no desire to discover what the Word of God has to say to them. Being right in the sight of God is not on their agenda. God says: “To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.” (Jer. 6:10)

When we want God’s correction and instruction in our life the Word of God is the place to go. But where do we start? There is just so much there. The child of God who is hungry to grow should not fear an inability to hear from God. God takes it upon Himself to lead each of His children into all truth by giving them His Spirit. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth …” (John 16:13)

Our responsibility is simply to be “in the Word.” Hearing the Word of God preached in church is vital, but so is our constant personal reading and meditating in it. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

Expect the Holy Spirit to quicken you in what God wants you to hear at any given time in your life. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)

When we turn to God in prayer we not only speak to Him, but prepare our heart to hear from Him. Waiting on God is trusting that He will come through for us and give us what we need when we need it. And what we need more than anything is that timely word from heaven that comes by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Just one word from Him, quickening a verse we might have read a thousand times, can make all the difference. It is the daily bread by which we live and flourish.

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches …” (Revelation 2:7)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.