TITLE: The reason why
By David McArdle
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The reason why
“You have ordained Your precepts, that we should keep them diligently.” [Psalm 119.4 NASB]
As much as we, based on our own limited experiences, often think differently, God always knows, in every area of life, what is best for us.
It is possible that this verse was the theological base for Paul’s pastoral injunction to Timothy to, “... attend to reading, exhortation, and teaching… Be diligent in these matters; be absorbed in them… Attend … to your teaching … ” [1 Timothy 4.13-16]
I honestly believe that God longs to share His heart with us and yet, some of us, do not take the time or the effort to pay sufficiently close attention to His spoken or written word. It is as though we are on a spiritual diet; we nibble away at His word.
When is the best time for God to talk to us? Very often it is when we are doing what is required of us. Moses was not expecting God to talk to him when he was taking care of the sheep. After all, he did this same task day after day.
Worldly people often find the daily routine and repetitive tasks of life tedious and boring. However, when the children of God perform the same tasks day by day, we should be expecting a divine intervention. For after all, we are doing His will.
One afternoon I was washing dishes and I was thinking about one of my friends who had recently died.
As I looked out of the kitchen window, I saw a hand pulling back a veil, and there he was, in heaven, singing with his banjo and very happy indeed. This happened twice. I stood there and cried for joy. I thought; heaven is so near.
The sense that He is near and at any time may open His heart to us should motivate our actions and inspire our thoughts to go in the right direction.
Before the fall, this sense of anticipation must have permeated Adam and Eve's thought life in the Garden of Eden, especially when the day was drawing to a close.
God longs to give to us at the end of the day the best possible reward. This is why He shares His precepts with us as He did with Adam.
If Adam had been diligent in taking care of what had been given to him, things would have been remarkably different.
God strongly desires that we keep His word in our hearts, for this will protect us from the enemy and enable us to be the continual recipients of His favour. [David McArdle]
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