After my last post,one man left some interesting comments:
Referring to people going overboard in their belief that they had personal words from God which they pressed on others, he said this:
“This problem was precisely why I left the Southern Baptist churches, and went looking for another denomination.
Straight away, I narrowed it down to “Conservative” Episcopal, or LCMS. I started with Episcopalians because C.S. Lewis was an Anglican, and I figured if he could be a member, then I can at least shelter there. We found a church before I could move on to you Lutherans.”
I responded by saying that I was very happy about how LC-MS people’s gut instinct is to flee to the Scriptures, and yet…
“Its just that in the Scriptures themselves we sometimes see God giving special guidance…
But here is where the details get important. I went on to say:
Still, if I am understanding you rightly, you are saying that you discerned – using the Scriptures and your God-given wisdom, that the kind of “special guidance” some persons claimed was from God was anything but…”
Correct. I stand ready to believe anyone who claims special guidance if they tell me they heard a voice, saw a burning bush, had their eyes scaled, etc. Passing a sign for Baskin-Robbins is not a clue from God to date Robin; just because you were thinking about Robin at the time.
This actually harmed me. I had almost totally given up on believing in miracles altogether. A couple weeks ago I heard a story of miraculous healing, and it was the first time I ever believed it. Honestly, I was so relieved I almost cried.
“So relieved I almost cried”. Interesting, huh?
I think what these comments illustrate is that when we fall off the horse either way – on the left or the right – the believer’s trust in God can be harmed.
As I said to start my last post:
When persons ask whether or not God speaks to us today, often they are not wondering about speaking per se, but want to know whether or not God provides specific guidance to us in particular circumstances.
And here’s a good way to end:
Lord, take my hand and lead me
Upon life’s way;
Direct, protect and feed me
From day to day.
Without your grace and favour
I go astray;
So take my hand, O Savior,
And lead the way.*
*Lord, take my hand and lead me. Herman Brückner, Rudolph A. John & others
based on Julie von Hausmann 1826-1901
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