Who or what do trust when it comes to the truth? Is FOXNews your source of information because they claim to be “fair and balanced”? Do you have a certain newspaper that is your go-to source? Is there a personality whom you trust to always get the truth? I’ve used all these sources in the past and I’ve come to realize that there is only one source that is absolutely trustworthy: God’s sure word. It is the Holy Bible that is the truth most people seek and in this precious book are the answers to life.
How can we know this? It is because when we read the Bible we’re not just reading the words of God, we’re reading God’s word. What’s the difference? The former could be words God had written down to be recorded; the latter is His promise. It is the difference between me sharing with you words I’ve written and giving you my word. You can count on the latter. You can also count on God not changing His mind about His word:
“My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.” (Psalm 89:34)
When King Solomon brought together the Israelites at the completion of the temple, he gave prayers of dedication and thanksgiving and also blessed the assembly with this reminder:
“Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.” (1 Kings 8:56)
We not only can trust God to keep His word, we can also trust the truth of it. God’s word is good for us:
“The works of His hands are verity and justice; all His precepts are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.” (Psalm 111:7-8)
When Judah was rebelling against God, through the Prophet Ezekiel God show Judah its coming captivity. Like then, I am confident that most Christians believe that God’s judgment against America is coming, (although there are some who think we’ll never be judged by God just because we are America.) Among those who believe God will judge America are some who think God’s judgment will be postponed, not because revival will come but just because they don’t want to have to face it. We can believe God word just as He told Judah to prepare for judgment:
“Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.” But say to them, “The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I am the Lord. I speak, and the word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and perform it,” says the Lord God.’” (Ezekiel 12:23-25)
Beloved, I am not sharing this with you to prepare you for coming doom or to lament the fall of America. I want the word of God to become your anchor no matter what life brings. I want your Bible to replace your favorite news channel and newspaper. I want the Bible to be your first and foremost source of truth. Sources for information come and go, but God’s word has stood the tests of time and is never changing and is always relevant:
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions. A resolution means that you are resolved to do something. It means you are making any earnest decision and are determined to keep it. It also means there is room for possible defeat and failure. Why not just do it? Why not make it a goal to develop a habit for a lifestyle change? It only takes three weeks to develop a habit, so by January 23rd you could be well on your way.
I want to make it a habit that I turn to God’s word for truth. I also want to turn God’s word for instruction because there is no better source for learning.
More on that next time…
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