Unlike the ancient believers we have the whole Bible to rely upon, refer to and reference for any and all circumstances, needs, encouragement, hope and reflection. What about God’s Word makes it special? Hebrews 4:12 tell us “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” God’s Word can touch us at the very heart of our being and is living and active in us and in our lives. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” God’s Word is inspired and breathed by God so that in using and applying it to our lives we can be ready to do the work and live the life that God has for us. Can you imagine the power it took for God to create the universe? That same power is available to us in His Word, He spoke the world into existence and we have His Word before us in the Bible.
Isaiah 55:10-11 tell us the intentionality of God’s Word in the world.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Sovereign God knows where His Word is going and what it will accomplish. We can count on its success as God never fails or is defeated. “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2
Knowing the power of God’s Word and how God will use His Word in our lives should give us hope and confidence as we study and learn from His Word. Psalm 119:15-16 gives us what our attitude and actions towards God’s Word should be so that we can be used of God and bearing fruit in our life for Him.
“I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
May you be mightily blessed as you open God’s Word and let your heart meditate and soak in the truths about God and what He has for you to do. Let the living Word of God live within you today!
Paul’s final words to the Thessalonians in his first letter to them shows his pastor’s heart. He told them to take care of one another, be patient, not to seek revenge and always try to do good. Then in 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 he includes these thoughts: “Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” He concludes this passage with admonitions to them to not try to block the Holy Spirit’s work and always seek to do good.
What would our lives be like if we really tried to do these things? Being patient with those who frustrate us, seeking to take care of those who are weak or in need, not being vengeful, always being filled with joy, thanks and praises to God, being known as a prayer warrior, seeking to do the will of God in all things and always looking for the good. But that is what Paul is saying is God’s will for us. God wants us filled with joy, always looking to Him in prayer and being thankful in all circumstances. Scripture does not say being thankful for all things but in all things. We do not need to be thankful for the hurricane, car accident or someone’s death, but we need to be thankful during those times of stress, deprivation, sorrow or calamity. We need to have an attitude of gratitude towards God at all times. That can be very hard in difficult times but as Paul says “this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” This is the key to having a grateful heart which God desires of us. I love the way David expresses this is Psalm 86:11-13 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you.
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
I will give glory to your name forever,
13 for your love for me is very great.
You have rescued me from the depths of death.
Is this you in all circumstances? Let David’s words be your prayer today.
Psalm 2 is highlighted in the Messiah as it pointed to Jesus. It foretells how the nations would conspire against Jesus to condemn Him, but even their plotting and actions were used by God for our good and the redemption of all mankind. Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed,
All the raging of nations, the shouting of atheists and the persecution of believers are all vain threats against the Lord and His plans. Job spoke with confidence in Job 42:2 ““I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Isaiah 8:10 reveals God’s plans against the warring Assyrians. “Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us.“
Do you have the confidence Job and Isaiah showed about who God is and what power He possesses? Think about Christmas and the miracle of Jesus’ birth, the sovereignty of God shown in all the prophecies being exactly fulfilled at the exact right time in history. In the spirit of God’s sovereignty, claim Jeremiah 29:11 for your own life knowing and trusting God and His will. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
I love the way Psalm 2 ends with verses 11-12. “Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Serve, fear-revere, rejoice, kiss Jesus (adore Him) then be ready to receive His blessings as you cling to Him. Have a blessed Sunday worshiping the Lord!