In my CBS bible study lecture this week we were presented with the following quote by Pastor David Guzik:
Understanding needs to be the first goal of any preacher or teacher. When I stand to teach God's people, there are some things that I always need to remember:
- If you leave knowing five helpful hints to a better life, but do not have a greater understanding of God's Word, I have failed.
- If you leave having been amused by humor, entertained by anecdotes, or captivated by dramatic stories, but do not have a greater understanding of God's Word, I have failed.
- If you leave motivated to action, or praying a prayer, but it is not based on a greater understanding of God's Word, I have failed.
- If you leave admiring me, but do not have a greater understanding of God's Word, I have failed - and will be accountable before God for my failure.
These words resonate with me for many reasons as I'm sure they probably do with you too. We've probably all been to a church service before where we've left without a deeper understanding of God's Word. Sometimes it is our fault because we have too much "stuff" going on in our own little brains to pay attention. Other times it is because too much emphasis was placed on the nonessentials. I am convicted personally as well because I so much want this blog to be a place where people can leave with a greater understanding of God's Word. If I have not helped you, dear reader, do just that, then I feel that I have failed.
The LORD God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth my ear to hear as the learned. (Isaiah 50:4)
I want to speak that word in season to whomever is weary and needs some comfort along life's journey. I want to speak that word in season to whomever might need a little push to achieve all that God wants for them. My prayer is that by pointing those in need to the Savior through God's Word, that I can equip them to not only help themselves in their current and future situations, but to help others also. We all need each other, don't we? Let us all make helping others understand the Word of God better as our goal. That, is essential.
Lord, give me the wisdom to write the things You would have me to say that would edify Your people so that they would have a better understanding of You and Your Word. Give me compassion and patience and the words to say so that I can always direct others to You. Point out to me when I fail You so that I can quickly get things right again and continue on the path You've made for me. Amen.