The Word of God: God’s Advice? Or God’s Will?

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).

When we pray and when we read God’s word, we are seeking God’s will.

Here is what that means.

When we pray and read God’s word we are not asking for God’s advice on things. You see, advice is something we can take or leave. It’s only advice. That’s not why we pray or why we read God’s word. The reason why we pray and study God’s word is to know God’s will.

The purpose of praying and seeking God’s will through the study of God’s word is so that we can obey it. If it is God’s will, we have no other option but to obey. Disciples obey. Disciples follow. That’s what makes us disciples. Remember, disciple literally means “follower.” We follow Jesus. We follow what Jesus says, and we follow what Jesus does.

Blessed are you who reads God’s word. Blessed are you who pray to seek God’s will. And, blessed are those who hear and take to heart what God reveals. Blessed are you who obey.

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