"God's Guidance and the Word of God" - Thursday, September 8th
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Your precepts I get understanding; therefore, I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn and I will confirm it, that I will keep Your righteous ordinances. Psalm 119:103-106
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
There are two objections that are often given by those who do not want to pay attention to the Scriptures. The first objection is this: The Bible can be interpreted however you want or there are as many interpretations as there are people. The conclusion that comes out of this objection is that the Bible is not useful because you can never be sure of its meaning. The second objection is this: The Bible is archaic or it was written for ancient times and cultures. The conclusion that comes out of this objection is that the Bible is not relevant to modern times and cultures. Granted, there are some people out there who utilize these objections and have a significant familiarity with the contents of the Bible. However, for the most part these objections are borrowed by people who are quite unfamiliar with the Bible’s contents in order to validate their decision not to pay attention to them.
So, it’s safe to say that many of those who do not pay attention to the Bible have a negative attitude towards it based on unsubstantiated objections. Now contrast all this with the Psalmist in our Scripture above. He is very familiar with what God has said and his positive attitude toward the Word of God is the result. Notice how this just exudes from what the he says about his own relationship with God’s Word: “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! From Your precepts I get understanding; therefore, I hate every false way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Now notice his commitment to have a life that conforms to God’s Word: “I have sworn and I will confirm it, that I will keep Your righteous ordinances.”
The main thought we want to glean from today’s considerations is this: The person who personally takes the time to read the Bible so they can find out what it really says, will find it amazingly useful and relevant for living their own life in today’s world. Personal familiarity with the Bible will almost always result in a positive attitude toward what it has to say and a commitment to put into practice its useful and relevant teachings. When we learn how to respond consistently well to the Word of God and the Spirit of God (stay tuned for tomorrow’s Devotional), we will find guidance and direction readily coming to us from God. This is the key to living fully for Him as we walk hand and hand with Him down the paths of life He has for us.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I do believe “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” But I know I need to let it light up my path more fully so I can walk with you more fully. So, I make the commitment to become thoroughly familiar with your Word. I want to become someone who can truly say, “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Amen!
Posted on Thu, September 8, 2016
by Ken Hart