“God says, “I’m not giving you a crystal ball. I’m giving you My Word. Meditate on it; see Me in it; and become like Me.”~ Kevin DeYoung
God’s Word is living and active. When we read the Bible, we hear from God with a confidence we find in no other book and from no other voice. We can read the Scriptures knowing that this is what the Holy Spirit says. And as we read and reread and ponder and study and digest the Scriptures, we will, as 2 Timothy 3:15 says, become “wise for salvation.”
But the Bible is not a casebook. It doesn’t give us explicit information about dating or careers or when to build a church or buy a house. We’ve all wished that the Bible was that kind of book, but it’s not because God is interested in more than getting us to follow His to-do list; He wants transformation. God doesn’t want us to merely give external obedience to His commands. He wants us to know Him so intimately that His thoughts become our thoughts, His ways our ways, His affections our affections. God wants us to drink so deeply of the Scriptures that our heads and hearts are transformed so that we love what He loves and hate what He hates.
Romans 12:1–2 is the classic text about this kind of spiritual transformation.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
There are three commands here: (1) Present your bodies as living sacrifices (2) Do not conform to the world. (3) Be transformed by the renewal of your mind. If we do these three things, then we will be able to discern what God’s will is. This is how the Christian life works. There are no shortcuts. We don’t get secret messages that tell us whether to drop the entomology minor. God wants us to offer ourselves to Him, turn from the ways of the world, and be transformed. Then we will have something better than special revelations and words about the future—we’ll have wisdom. God wants us to develop a taste for godliness…
That’s how we are to be with the Word of God. We must eat it and swallow it and digest it so regularly that over time we develop a taste for godliness. That’s wisdom.
Wisdom is the difference between knowing a world-class biologist who can write your papers for you and studying under a world-class biologist so that you can write the kind of papers he would write. Too many of us want God to be the world-class scholar who will write our papers and live our lives for us, when God wants us to sit at His feet and read His Word so that we can live a life in the image of His Son. God doesn’t tell us the future for this simple, yet profound reason: We become what we behold. God wants us to behold Him in His glory so that we can be transformed into His likeness (2 Corinthians 3:18). If God figured everything out for us, we wouldn’t need to focus on Him and learn to delight in His glory. God says, “I’m not giving you a crystal ball. I’m giving you My Word. Meditate on it; see Me in it; and become like Me.”
~ Excerpt From Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach To Finding God’s Will, Kevin DeYoung, (Moody Publishers: Boulevard Chicago, 2009, Kindle Edition)