The Word of God – Myth or Reality?
by Michael Chu
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The wisdom of this world tells us that: 'The only constant in life is change' and we have more or less taken it in as a maxim -- no less, because it sounds so right. Yet, this runs contrary to the word of God which, for example, tells us that: "The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands." Psalm 138:8 (NKJV); "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." Luke 21:33 (NKJV); and "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Hebrews 13:18 (NKJV)
On the other hand, we hear sleek and wealthy preachers tell us, say, "Man, you gotta be sharp for the kingdom of God" and "You're a winner not a loser". All of these taglines sound so worldly that we howl and protest, "Naah, it's not for me. I'm just a plain, sloppy and tardy Christian. That's the way I am, aha, aha, I like it. I know my rights, you know. Besides, God will take me just as I am (without one plea)."
But, I am persuaded by the word of God that as Christians we are to be sharp in thoughts, speech, dressing and character. Consider: Jesus advising us to be wise or shrewd as serpents, "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16 (NIV); The voice of Wisdom beckoning us that: "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Proverbs 25:11 (NIV); People, unlike God, looks at our appearance as part of our whole package: "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7b (NIV); God does not expect us to be flippant towards our character or behaviour: "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." Psalm 84:11 (NIV); and we can get rid of our character kinks by serving in a ministry: "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) Also, God's plan is for us to succeed in life: "And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them." Deuteronomy 28:13 (NKJV)
From the above 2 scenarios, we see that there are times when the wisdom of this world seem more real than the word of God, and sometimes the word of God seems so 'worldly'. But, as we dig deeper into His word, we are able to unravel the truth of God's word.
While we are able to reconcile our worldly wisdom to heavenly wisdom, I suspect that good, earnest Christians would still struggle to reconcile their life's situation to the promises of God's word. This gap between our expectation and the fulfilment of our desires could, especially, if it is a huge void, cause us to feel like the word of God is more of a myth than reality.
The antidote for this ill-feeling would be: to love God's word with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. To resolve in our heart of hearts to trust God's character -- that His word is His bond; to side-step our emotion and will ourselves to trust God's word no matter what our fallen nature is shouting out; to meditate and pray on God's word regularly; and to fix our focus on His word so as not to dissipate our strength.
As we draw nigh to God, He will draw near to us. How? "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you." John 14:26 (NKJV) And, God's life and spirit (the word of God) will grow in us. And, voila, everything makes sense now! Our head knowledge has become heart knowledge as we align ourselves to His word and, in God's perfect time, this translates into an experiential reality for us as we keep acting upon His word and keep allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us.
Thus, we affirm: "Your word is a lamp to my feet. And a light to my path." Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) When the word of God has grown so much in our life, our atmosphere changes, as well. Picture this: "For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12 (NKJV)
In conclusion, God's word is a constant reality. By embracing His word and through partnership with the Holy Spirit we can grasp the truth of God's word and use it as the sword of the Spirit to overcome our giants or mountains and become more than conquerors in Christ Jesus! So, let's "Be strong and of good courage" to do what we must for the kingdom of God. May the LORD be with you, and also with me.
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