“…But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. ” Isaiah 66:2
Although many of us claim to have a fear or reverence for the Lord, we often forget to extend that utmost honor not only to His name, but to His Word as well. It would only seem logical to pay special attention to the living Word of the God to whom we submit our lives, and to share what we learn with our fellow believers daily. However, we know that this is usually not the case, as most of us choose to set the topics of our conversations on the latest hockey scores, the newest movies, or sometimes just plain gossip. Instead of settings our hearts and minds on the wisdom of the Lord, and seeing how we might apply His truth to our lives, We would rather concern ourselves with the fleeting things of the world in which we seek entertainment and satisfaction. We find it easy and even comfortable to ponder the things of God during class or Bible study, but leave the lessons we’ve learned at the door as we walk out. In doing so, we forget that the very purpose of studying His Word is that we might be equipped to live our daily lives setting our minds on the things above, and not of this world. We forsake the eternal for that which is temporal, and yield up the seed sown in our hearts to be snatched by the devil.
While it may sound as if I am implying that we should greet each other solely with hymns and Bible verses, I am simply suggesting that we seek to dwell on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is of good repute. (Philippians 4:8)” By seeking the edification and growth of the body, we can encourage one another in the faith; we should daily remind ourselves that we have been sanctified so that we might be different not only in actions, but in the very words we speak as well. If we make this our daily prayer, we can have confidence that we will one day be as Jeremiah who said to the Lord, “Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart (Jeremiah 15:16),” and Job who claimed “I have treasured the word of His mouth more than my necessary food (Job 23:12).” And finally, we will say alongside Paul, “…I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…(Philippians 3:8)
Author: Kevin Lee