How wonderful and reassuring to know that in an age of shifting sands, crashing financial institutions and a crumbling economic climate, the Word of the Lord, in contrast, is strong, solid, reliable and dependable.
In the book of Samuel the Scriptures tell us that the word of God was precious in those days, because the sins of Eli’s sons, and the consequent sins of the people, threatened to extinguish and annihilate all that was God-fearing in the nation. ‘And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision’ (1 Samuel 3:1). ‘And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; that the LORD called Samuel:’ (1 Samuel 3:3-4).
God preserved and protected the essence of His truth in the heart of one who was willing to listen to his Word, even though a child, and speak the Word of His truth and subsequently turn the nation of Israel from their waywardness. God always has a remnant.
To the prophet Zechariah, God said ‘But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers?’ (Zechariah 1:6). His Word is for today! – it is arresting and transforming; but it also transcends the generations and endures forever. This is why Jesus encourages us to build our house (our lives) on His Word, because the storms of life – not to mention the ravages of sin - would surely take their toll if we built on the wrong foundation.
This Word which is sharper than any two edged sword, will correct us when we are wrong, it will stop us in our tracks, and will guide our footsteps along the precarious pathway of life with all its pitfalls. And finally, if we heed its instructions and cautions, it will deliver us safely to our destination. It’s this Word that still sustains the laws of the universe, so you know you can depend on it!
Today, whatever difficulties, uncertainties or disappointments you are facing, - know this – His Word will be a lamp unto your feet, and a light unto your path (Psalm 119:105) – because Christ Himself is The Word - the solid rock, reliable and dependable. No sinking sands!
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for your Word. Help me to always remember that living according to your Word is the safest and most dependable way to live. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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