While it may not always be easy to hear God’s voice, the Bible is the foundation from which we learn the Lord’s will for our lives. It teaches us the Lord’s commandments, what He approves of, what He doesn’t approve of, His plan for all of humanity, what future events are still to come and so much more.
For example, by studying the Bible we discover who God is and how to trust Him in the hardest times. We also learn who we are, and what the purpose is for man’s existence.
It is also by studying the Bible that we come to understand difficult matters, like Why Jesus Said He Is The Only Way.
Many books, websites and other seminars are dedicated to explaining why the Bible can be trusted as the divinely inspired Word of God. Anybody who will research the Bible with an open mind will discover it is a book like no other, and we cannot but conclude that it is supernatural in origin.
This video by Chuck Missler is an excellent example of how staggeringly amazing the Bible really is.
Our Final Authority
Because we know the Bible is divinely inspired and the Word of God, the Bible is our final authority against which we measure any instruction we believe we receive from the Lord.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 say, “Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action), 17So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
From this Scripture we can see that, even if we never hear God speak in any other way to us, the Bible is our final authority and enough to equip us for every good work.
God’s Will For Your Life
God’s will for man can be found in the Bible, and as long you or I don’t have any specific instruction from the Lord, we can look at what the Bible says and direct our lives accordingly.
For example, the Bible clearly teaches it is God’s will for us to participate in the Great Commission. Because we already know that God’s purpose for every person is to escape the wrath to come by repenting and trusting in what Jesus did on the cross, I don’t need a direct instruction from the Lord to know I should share the gospel with someone else.
The Bible also clearly teaches we are to look after the poor, feed the hungry, attend to the orphans and the widows, pray for the sick, bring relief to the desperate and shine His light into the darkness.
The ability to act on God’s universal will for our lives as laid out in the Bible, and more specifically as found in the New Testament, is the first true test of the depth of our faith in God and in His Word.