The Guidance of Scripture
“The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way” (Psalm 25:9).
We recognize that it is only as God guides us that we can know what our duty is, which is another way of saying that, God guides His people by His Word, interpreted and applied by His Spirit. If therefore, we neglect the Bible, we cannot but remain in ignorance of the Divine will. The shrewdest calculation and the keenest foresight can never be adequate for our supreme need, nor be a substitute for the knowledge of the Divine mind. Just because life is related to truth, and the highest revelation of truth is preserved in the Scriptures, we must discover from them what is the will of God for us, and having discovered it, we must do it, with a glad and trustful heart.
“The meek will He guide in judgment, and the meek will he teach His way.” God will not fail on His part, but we may fail on ours. If we listen at all, “our ears shall hear a word behind us saying, ‘This is the way, walk ye in it,’ when we turn to the right hand, and when we turn to the left,” but if we heed not that voice, we shall continue to wander in perilous by-paths. The mere reading of the Scriptures will not give us guidance for the way; we must obediently seek therein, for our personal need, the will of God and this is done by prayer. If we ask, He will answer, but if His guidance of us is to be continuous, our asking must be the reflection of an attitude towards Him, on our part, of dependence and trust.
William Graham Scroggie (1877-1958)