Living by Reason versus Living by Revelation


Brandon Cox describes the difference between living by reason and living by revelation.

I will confess: I’m not smart enough to do life all on my own. I need help, and I choose to go straight to the source of all truth and wisdom – God, the Creator of heaven and earth. There are two ways to try to walk through life: by reason, or by revelation. Living by reason means walking by sight, needing proof every step of the way, and it ultimately elevates human reason as the ultimate source of knowledge. Living by revelation means walking by faith and trusting in what God has written.

Solomon, who tried much of his life to live by reason and finally discovered the value of living by revelation instead, wrote that we should “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)

Living by revelation means becoming familiar with what God has already revealed in the Bible. And as we do, we learn about God, we learn about ourselves, and we learn a great deal about how He has ordered the world to work. From what He has written once and for all, we learn the story of our redemption and the principles by which we can live a holy and godly life.

Living by revelation also means walking in continual fellowship with God. It means being sensitive to His leading, aware of His presence, and mindful of how He is currently at work in, around, and through us.

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