‘Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom’ (vv43–45a) Psalm 119:41–45
In emphasising reading God’s Word daily (EDWJ’s purpose), there’s a danger that we assume we’re critical to the understanding and communication of God’s Word. Whilst it’s true that the Word needs proclaiming (Rom. 10:14), God’s creation itself always remains as a clear revelation to His reality (Rom. 1:20).
Our challenge is never to lose sight of God’s Word but to order all of life so that it represents it. We are ourselves a living revelation of God’s truth. This places a lot of responsibility on us as the clearest expression of the trustworthy nature of God, together with His promises; and, one might add, His warnings. We are daily pressured by peers, culture, family and work to divert from living God’s way in taking what appears to be a shortcut to survival.
Yet, our survival is always in God’s hands, and we are to submit to His governance over our personal lives. Indeed, only as we confront the challenges of life by declaring God’s promises, regardless of our present experience, can we ever discover if the promise has substance.
The character of faith is always to anticipate God’s presence awaiting us within the unforeseen. This is perhaps the greatest challenge God’s Word confronts us with. As Selwyn Hughes remarked, ‘No one has ever tested the resources of God until they come up against that which is humanly impossible’
Scripture to consider: Psa. 19; Psa. 119:41-–64; Eph. 4:29–32; Col. 4:2–6.
An action to take: How confident are you to test God’s resources? We need to keep God’s Word as the constant guide for our thoughts, words and actions. This is living Every Day with Jesus (EDWJ).
A prayer to make: ‘Lord, may I meditate on your Word until it becomes my instinctive way of life, Amen.’
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