The people of God presently, and in ancient times; were, responsible for the emergence, formulation, exegesis and transmission of biblical scripture, inspired by the Holy Spirit, their words, although divinely inspired, are human and infallible. Almost always; the questions arise in their minds. Asking God, the questions of "why?, where"?, how can we cope?, what can we do?, Such questions arose during the Earthquake in Japan & San Francisco.
In the "words of God, for the people of God. The nature and character of God is an enigma.
Isaiah 55:6,8, "Seek the Lord while he is near..For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways, said the LORD" Exegesis: God is not planning to move away from us, but we often move far away from God. We often put a barrier between ourselves and him. In the genre of the nature and character of God. Our minds are "finite" (limited with boundaries) but God's mind is "Infinite" (limitless, no boundaries, he can do anything but fail)
You see our minds can never begin to fathom the awesomeness of God. His plans are not what we the people, of God would work out. Neither do we the people; have the capacity to comprehend God's thoughts, will, ways or desires. But we can do as Proverbs 3:5 says to us, "Trust in the Lord with all out heart an lean not to our own understanding .."
The bible which the inspired writers produced, is therefore indispensable for worship, discipleship, theologizing and praising the Lord. Under the guidance of the divine order of God , and the Holy Spirit. We the people of God can exegete, take responsibility for interpreting and applying it to our daily lives during this spiritual walk . And that is the "word of God-for the people of God.
Reverend Steve Braxton
Author: The Road That Is Difficult To Travel
-Former Sr. Pastor, United Church of Hyde Park, Chicago, IL
-Former President, The Ecumencial Childcare Network, an affiliate of the National Council of Churches, USA