The Christian’s Greatest Need

 In my Bible study library I have a tiny booklet of just 16 pages written by the late great theologian Dr Etherbert Bullinger (1837-1913). The booklet is entitled ‘The Christian’s Greatest Need’ and if I was to summarise his message in just a few words, this is essentially what he says:

There is one thing that the Christian needs more than anything else. It is certain from the Word of God and also from our experience that: “We do not know what we should pray for as we ought” (Romans 8:26).

In Ephesians 1:17 we have His prayer set forth in these words: “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him better.”

But how do we get to know Him better? Dr Bullinger goes on to say that there is only one way we can get to know Him, His purpose, His plan and His will for us and that is from His Word, the Bible.

This is the one reason why the written Word is given to us. It is not given merely as a book of general information or of reference but it is given to make known the invisible God. Why do we read it? Why do we open it at all? What is or ought to be our object in reading it?

Do we read a portion that someone else has selected for us? Do we read that portion because we have promised someone we would do so? Or do we open it and sit down before it with one dominant object to find out more about God? … to discover His mind? … to get to know His will?

Graeme Abbott