Making inquiry of the word of God

rosing-norbert-ancient-fir-trees-in-forest2Samuel 16:23: And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had inquired of the word of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.

There are several things that you don’t know that you want to, but sometimes you should realise that God wants you to walk by faith, and so does not tell you everything.

However, you sometimes really want to know. Rebecca really wanted to know why she was having trouble with her pregnancy. She made inquiry of God and it was revealed to her that she had a twin growing in her, no ordinary twin but two nations (Genesis 25:21-23).

When Jehoshaphat and a king of Israel as kings were leading their armies into battle and they ran into problem along the way. They enquired of the word of God from Prophet Elisha and he had a musician play and with that, the hand of the Lord came upon him, and he spoke the word of God out. It not only assured but is also ensured victory for them (2Kings 3:1-24).

Making enquiry of God is the acknowledgment that you don’t know everything. It is your recognition of his omniscience. But realise that it is more important for you to seek God directly because now under the new covenant each of us have the full right to draw near to God on the account of Jesus Christ. We can each link with God and know his mind by the Holy Spirit. You are not meant to seek out some super spiritual Christian to be your source of the word of God. Then, you will be a disappointment to God.

He didn’t put the Holy Spirit in you to lie fallow. The bible actually says that we have an anointing from the Holy One and we know all things (1John 2:26-27). Not only that, we also have the mind of Christ (1Corinthians 2:16). Also Paul wrote to Timothy that God has given us the spirit of fear or timidity but of love of power and of sound MIND (2Timothy 1:6-7).

We are meant to be aware of the divine direction for us. Paul said that we should not be fools but understand what the will of God is (Ephesians 5:17). He also prayed for the Colossian church that they should be filled with the knowledge of God in all wisdom and spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9).

Also for the Ephesus church he prayed, that the eyes of their understanding enlightenment (Ephesians 1:15-21). Knowing what God knows is therefore a possibility that we can come into (at least in a limited sense, sufficient for our earthly use, still giving room for walking by faith in him) as a consequence of a praying life.

Making inquires of God involves praying. And praying is a sign of dependence on God, that you value his input and the insight he will give you. To make inquiry of the Word of God is the expression of our need for him in our life.

Prophet Habakkuk needed more insight about the future of the nation of Israel, so he said he will stand upon his watch to see what God will say to him. He took time out to separate himself from people for the purpose of making a personal inquiry of God (Habakkuk 2:1-2).

When Paul had an encounter with Jesus on his way to Damascus, he asked the Lord what He wanted of him, and he was told (Acts 9:6).

What God tells us empowers us to fulfill our destiny, it gives us an assurance that God is with us. Making inquiry of God is to bridge the gap between the knowledge of God and our own knowledge, so that we can more effective walk with him. Amos wrote that can two walk together except they be agreed (Amos 3:3)? God reveals his will for us so that we can walk with him; the many aspects that we seem not to be aware of in our mind are areas we are called to walk by faith.

God told Abraham to leave his father’s house, that is what he knows, but God added that he was to go to a place where he would be shown, that is a call to a walk of faith (Genesis 12: 1, 4).  He knows where he should not be but he doesn’t know where he should go. He however, would not know where he should be except he takes the first step based on what he knows and starts to leave his father’s house.

A heart of obedience is what qualifies you to make enquiry of God. You don’t want Jesus to say to you that you call him Lord, Lord, but you don’t do he tells you (Luke 6:46). When you did not do what he told you yesterday, do you think he wants to waste his time with you today? For him it will be like throwing pearls to swine (Matthew 7:6). And he doesn’t do that. He values his words. The bible says that God magnifies his word above his name (Psalm 138:2). If you will have no regard for his word, forget about experiencing the manifestation of his name.

Before God gives you his word he wants to see a heart committed to obedience first. Jesus was the full expression of the word of God and he is also the full expression of obedience to God, the two go to gather.

That was why, writing to the Roman Christians, Paul in chapter 12 of his letter, mentioned becoming a living sacrifice (totally given to him) first before talking of how we should be full representations of the will of God (Romans 12:1-2).

Inquiring of the word of God means we are focused on his intention, his plan; it is not about getting God to sign off on ours plan. Hearing his words help us to walk on the path that he wants us to.

 

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