Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 1, 2015

Spiritual Guides or Scripture Alone? – “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 28.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him and buried him in Ramah, his own city.  And Saul had removed from the land those who were mediums and spiritists.  4 So the Philistines gathered together and came and camped in Shunem;  and Saul gathered all Israel together and they camped in Gilboa.  5 When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. 6 When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets.  7 Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.”  And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at En-dor.”  1 Samuel 28:3-7.


Saul want wisdom to fight the Philistines.

We also want wisdom to do many different things.

Saul initially did right in removing the mediums and spiritists.  Saul even did right in the next step in inquiring of the LORD.  But then, Saul gave up when the LORD did not answer him, and Saul did evil by seeking a medium.

We also may do what is right in living what we consider to be a pure and holy life.  We may go to church.  We may read the Bible.  We may pray.  But, do we give up and seek advice from those on whom we should not rely? 

We may laugh at mediums and spiritists and think that we would never seek them. 

But, do we rely on people just because they claim to be “spiritual”?  

Or, do we rely on our own “spiritual feelings”? 

Reformed Doctrine can help!

One of the Five Solas of the Reformation is “Sola Scripture” (meaning Scripture Alone)  which teaches us that we should rely on Scripture alone to reveal the source of truth, the complete truth, and the final answer of truth.  See the article written by Rev. Rodney Kleyn of the Protestant Reformed Churches titled “The Five Solas of the Reformation” which is linked by my following “Five Solas” tag at the top of my web site –

“97 O how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever mine.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
Because I have observed Your precepts.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
102 I have not turned aside from Your ordinances,
For You Yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 From Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.”  Psalm 119:97-105.


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