by Dr. Charles Stanley
In Touch Daily Devotional
God's Goal in Communicating
1 Corinthians 2:9-14
God has something to say . . . to the obedient and the disobedient . . .to the powerful and the weak . . . to the self-assured and the insecure . . . to the lost and the saved. There is no circumstance in our lives in which God will not speak to us, and God's words are always purposeful.
We can be certain that God desires us to comprehend the truth of what He is saying. We can be confident this will happen because of the Holy Spirit's presence within us and the promise of His guidance into all truth. (John 16:13) It may take time and effort on our part, but God's goal is for us to understand what He is communicating. Another part of His goal is to have His words lead us into conformity to the image of Christ. As we read the Scriptures, He may point out Jesus' compassion toward the Samaritan woman as our example for living, or He may warn us through Jesus' rebuke of Peter not to rely on human understanding. Our part is to respond to His words by aligning our lives with the truth and not resisting. God also reveals the truths about life in Christ so we may communicate them to others, another aspect of His goal. Jesus spoke only what His Father had taught Him. (John 8:28b) We need to be listening carefully every time God speaks so we know what to say.
God wants us to comprehend the truth, conform to it, and communicate it to others. Is this what you want too?
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