Friday, August 28, 2015

Devotion: God's Word Is Vital

All things are important when it comes to the things of God, no matter how trivial they may appear to be.  There is so much information to tell, so much information to share, and still so much more information to find.  So much so that unless you get all the information at one time, a lot of it gets lost in the interim.  The Bible is a mystery book with many secrets, hidden in plain sight just waiting to be found.  The Bible appears hold a double meaning when read, one by which you can find truth and understanding about the things of God and one that just seems to leave you confused about and unable to grasp the meaning of the things of God.  Are you one who has a clear understanding or one who is just downright confused?  Guess what?  This is why God has told us to seek wisdom and know-how.  This is why we need to get understanding, get the ability to use good sense in our thinking, in our judgment, and in our actions, and get the ability to perceive and to explain the meaning or nature of things.  Because once we have these things, then revelation knowledge will come and we will no longer be confused.

There are answers for everyone in the Bible but many of us take the things that we read at face value, which means that when we do read the Bible with our limited knowledge of the workings of God, we believe that the way things appear to be is the way things really are, without ever thinking about what else they could mean.  And even in that, we will accept only those things, which fit into their belief system.  We have not taken the time to truly seek God, to truly find out what he is trying to tell us, or to truly find the meaning of the scriptures that they read.  God tells us to study to show thyself approved unto God so that we can rightly divide the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15), but most of us do not adhere to this command to study.  God tells us to study to show ourselves approved unto him, so that we can rightly divide the word of truth.  So what do you think this word of truth is?  Could it be the Bible?  Could God be telling us to study the Bible so that we can rightly divide it?  And if the Bible is the word of truth, then how does one rightly divide something that is supposed to be truth?

The word of truth is given to tell us what to believe (for doctrine), what is wrong (for reproof), how to correct wrong (for correction), how to live (for instruction in righteousness).  We are to rely on the word of truth because it includes everything needed to grow in maturity, to be perfect (meaning proficient or capable), and to do what God wants (II Timothy 3:16-17).  The idea that we are to attend to his words holds little meaning for some because they believe that just carrying a Bible with them fits the commandment.  How so very wrong they are.  When we attend to his words, we learn that they are life unto those that find them (Proverbs 4:20-22), which means that God’s words are full, abundant life unto those that hunt for, look for, or seek those words.  God wants us to attend to his words, which means that we need to listen carefully to his words and we need to pay close attention to what is being said.  When was the last time you intently studied the word of truth?  Is it time to start?

This means that there must be more to knowing God then just opening the Bible, reading a few verses or so, and coming out believing that you are knowledgeable about the things of God.  Matter of fact, God tells us to immerse ourselves in his word.  He tells us that we must hunt for, look for, and seek the answers that he has provided us through his instruction manual.  But in order for us to do this, we have to open our mind, we have to open our heart, and we have to seek the wisdom of God so that we may see the truth.  This truth that we are talking about is the truth that God has been trying to reveal to us for many years.  This might mean that you will have to pick that Bible up, open it, and do a little more than just read it.  You may have to dissect it.

If you remember, God told us to study so that we can right divide the word of truth.  We would imagine that if we truly immerse ourselves in his word, while we hunted for, looked for, and sought the answers that he has provided us through his instruction manual, that we would eventually be knowledgeable about the things of God.  So, until we do, we guess we will just be . . .

As always, we pray that our inspirational message will abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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