3. Scripture is sufficient to guide us in making correct decisions. As such, the Bible contains all we need to know God’s will and to live a life pleasing to him. Although Scripture is sufficient, one must delineate how to apply it to certain situations it doesn’t specifically address.
In guiding us in making correct decisions Scripture excels above and beyond all other writings or guides. In Scripture, we see stories of people who did disastrous deeds and the punishment and failings that followed (c.f. 2 Sam. 11:1-12:23). We see how staying faithful and doing your duties and living a life of integrity may not stop bad situations from coming on you, but to live upright is best (Gen. 39:1-41:57; Dan. 2; 3; 6). In these situations we see people deciding to do what was right regardless of what would happen to them. Not to mention in the Old Testament we have the Ten Commandments written out to show us what God desires. These laws are also good guides for us to live by.
They guide us in making wise decisions because they cover the basic problems we have in our lives. Like not stealing, lying, murdering, committing adultery, being respectful to our parents and others, and not desiring other people’s items. I listed only these because these are the ones that are natural for us to do. Even unbelievers follow these to a certain degree. They do so because we “by nature do what the law requires” since all have it “written on their hearts” (Rom. 2:14-15). It seems that in Scripture we can see what God desires and live a life that makes good decisions. And by doing this we will live a life that is in God’s will. This will is for us to be sanctified (1 Thess. 4:3), Spirit-filled (Eph. 5:18), in submission to one another and authorities (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:13-25), and that we are wise and redeem the time we are given (Eph. 5:15-16).
When we dive into the Scriptures and seek what God desires, we will be able to make wise decisions and live a life that is pleasing to Him. This includes even the difficult and not quite addressed situations. We can trust Scripture to guide us rightly.