It would take a normal man between 15 and 30 days to walk from Egypt to Canaan. So why did the Israelites take 40 years to reach Canaan. Because God wanted to teach the Israelite that man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
We have to live by the word that comes from the mouth of God. To do this, we go to church and worship. If we read the Bible just for knowledge, it is just a historical record and lesson. But if people truly “experience” the Bible, it will become life, Gospel and power. By experiencing every word of the Bible, people can truly understand the record, history and lessons in the Bible.
Enoch was with God for 300 years. He was not somebody who just chatted with God, but he absolutely obeyed whatever God said. How could Enoch completely obey God’s word for 300 years? Because Enoch always experienced God’s word coming true for him.
Noah built the Ark for 100 years. If Noah had not experienced what God told him, he would probably have stopped building the Ark. As he took God’s word as law and experienced His word, Noah could succeed in his life.
We should not live our spiritual lives by dogma, law and tradition, but we should live by God’s word. Our spiritual lives cannot be successful if all we have is passion. Even if we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we also need to know the Bible. Even if we have passion, we should also passionately follow the law of the word.
For the end times, people should live by the word of God. The word of God is His idea for people, therefore people who live by the word of God will never fail.
Pastor Seok-Jeon Yoon
Extracted from Yonsei Newspaper #611