Carried Away

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Today I watch some late fall leaves slough off the molting trees, coast through the air, and settle on the river. The lazy current twirls them around as it carries them toward the dam. The leaves have no say in where their journey will take them. They simply go where they are taken, obedient to forces beyond their control.

The object lesson is timely. Last Sunday, our pastor was teaching about the inerrancy of scripture. His primary text was 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” But to expand on this truth, he turned to this verse: “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:21)

Some question whether the Bible is truly God’s Word. Some accuse its authors of collaborating a cruel hoax. Others try to brush off fulfilled prophecies as words written in retrospect and dated pre-event.

The Word of God continues, however, to stand against such attacks. Most of the Bible’s writers never met, never even lived in the same time frame. Most of the prophets suffered for delivering their God-given messages. Would it be worth the price they paid to say things that weren’t truly from God? And many biblical prophecies are still being fulfilled in our lifetime.

All sound reasons to believe those who penned the Bible were like the fall leaves on the river; carried along by the Holy Spirit, obedient to forces beyond their control, to accomplish God’s given purposes to God’s glory! Perhaps David, responsible for writing some of the most beautiful passages of scripture, summed it up best in his final words.

“The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.” (2 Samuel 23:2

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Johannah Daniel

Johanna Daniel resides on a small farm in Wisconsin with her husband and four children. She has a great love for the outdoors and enjoys photography and whitewater paddling in her spare time. Through her love of creation, she has learned a great deal about who God is and what He has done for those who love Him. These are the insights she passes on in her blog, hoping they will encourage and teach others.

4 thoughts on “Carried Away”

  1. I loved this statement in your post–“like the fall leaves on the river; carried along by the Holy Spirit, obedient to forces beyond their control, to accomplish God’s given purposes to God’s glory!” Such beautiful imagery, to close our eyes and think of being carried by the Holy Spirit, perhaps not knowing where we’re going, but being confident that God is taking us exactly where we need to go.

  2. Beautiful imagery, as others have said. The one big difference between the biblical authors and the leaves is that the authors had a choice. They submitted to the Holy Spirit’s leadership (their obedience, as you said) in order to bless generations of Christ-followers, while the leaves have no power to resist. Just thinking…
    I love the way God assembled the Bible, and I’m glad you brought it up this week. Thank you for sharing this!

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