“I consider all your precepts right.” Psalm 119:128 NIV
What do you think about the word of God?
What you think about the word of God will translate in to how you live the word of God.
In some areas of spirituality our opinions really don’t matter. For instance, what we think of God doesn’t change who he is or his character. However what we believe and how we view God and his word will always play a huge role in how we obey him.
The Psalmist recognized Gods word for what it was: right. If we truly believed the word was right, every last stroke of the pen blotted down, would we live differently? This question was recently posed in a Sunday morning class I attended and we all sat kind of stumped as we realized we really don’t live like we consider the word of God to be true.
Silence and stares.
We often walk around thinking we know our stuff, we talk our talks, we walk our walks, and boy we have a lot of knowledge! But when it comes down to it, the unbelief, doubt, worry, anxiety, angst, and care speak for itself.
Our behavior shows what we really think of what God has told us.
“God…will supply all your needs…” Phil. 4:19
If we considered that true, would we ever worry about our physical needs, possessions, material wealth, or finances?
“He cares for you.” 1 Pet 5:7
If we recognized that truth, would we question the circumstances he has allowed in our lives?
“Your plans are too numerous for us to list.” Psa. 40:5
If we acknowledged that truth, would we wonder if God had a purpose for our lives?
“He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” Psa. 103:12
If we thought this to be true, would we agonize over the past?
When all is said and done, the Bible is full of God’s heart towards his creation-us. This book is a great gift to us, full of his love and truth, his great Gospel message and salvation along with life promised and peace eternal. There it is, all for the taking! We read, smile, nod in agreement, then we close the Book and walk through our day consumed with-our own understanding. We just don’t trust his word! We say we do, we want to, but our behavior gives us away!
I’ve lost my job, how will I pay my bills?
God could never use me for anything after what I have done with my life!
I don’t even know why I am here, I am useless.
My marriage is falling apart, I don’t know how to fix it, what will I do?
God must be punishing me for all the horrible things I’ve done, no wonder all these bad things keep happening.
We need to start recognizing these attitudes as doubt, unbelief, and distrust in the word and promises of God. Read his word, believe it, and act on it! Do as the Psalmist did, consider the word to be right!
Knowing the word of God is like knowing the answers for the test called life.
The answer is trust; the result is peace.
As I lay my head to sleep this night, I thank you Jesus for your righteous word of truth. I thank you for your promises that give peace and life. I confess my doubt and unbelief. Let me sleep well knowing that I can trust your heart for me, trust your words for me, and trust your plan for me even if I don’t understand the moment by moment circumstances. Surround me with your peace as I sleep, and let my mind meditate on your truth as I rest in you.