the word is alive, part the first

“Only the Lord give thee wisdom, and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the word of the Lord thy God; Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgements which the Lord charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.” 1 Chronicles 23:12-13
Words to live by: you know, as we enter 2009, there’s something that can be considered extremely frightening: there are a lot of ways to go. We have a new President. Many people are expecting big changes, they have big hopes for how this new leader will save the planet, others are sure that the something that just has to ‘click’ to make everything right come this year, as it was going to last year. There are a lot of paths to take: only one is the right one.
You know, we really haven’t got it that bad. David was dying, and he was leaving the kingdom, including the job of building the temple, to his relatively young and inexperienced son, Solomon. You think he would be scared. But he had one comfort: he had the perfect instructions; his son just had to follow them. Seems like a pretty easy job for the wisest man that ever lived at the time (he infinitely surpassed Steven Hawkins or Hawking, or whatever his name is ). But the problem is, when your that smart, it’s easy to do dumb things. (By the way, our esteemed Mr Obama is not the smartest person that ever lived. He surpasses his predecessor, at least. To win as president, you only have to be like three IQ points below the general public).
Sometimes it’s hard for me to sit down at this computer, late at night when the time allows, and write something that’s worth anything. I would much rather joke and goof off, till I exhausted my supply of humour, than think of “somethin’ to say, (na, na, na.)” I guess part of the problem is I think anything of value going to be passed by. I can’t stand not to say something of worth after a while, but I have an incredible problem trying to “make it interesting” rather than just posting what I know or believe to be true. David’s exhortation in verse thirteen sort of puts things in perspective. We need to remember that what the Word of Christ says is infallible, and though it be skipped by some, even those whose hearts are bound to it, it won’t leave a single reader unchanged. To put it plainly, these words are more life changing the culmination of all that I’ve ever said on this site, and though I may say things that sound nice at the time, the Words of God are going to change you whether you like it or not.
Really, I think that’s one of the biggest problems with our land. We -as Christians and the land as a whole- have replaced boldness and confidence that the Scriptures were powerful, and should therefore be preached response or no response, with a nervous distrust in God’s Word. We’ve looked at the Bible and said, “That’s going to offend them,” or “That’s perfectly well for us Christians, but they will not understand. God didn’t know when he inspired these words what these people were going through, but since I do, I’d best expound in my own words, or from the new bestseller at Lie-way, How to Deal with Post-Lost Game and Broken Marriage Depression, revised and updated for the readers of ’09 rather than ‘07.” We have gotten so “wise” that it is really easy to do stupid things. We have excepted the Satan born and Evangelically spread lie that God’s Word should be used as a follow through rather than a starting point for people. We think, “Boy, if only we had gotten so and so in office, things would have got moving, and perhaps we could start spreading the Word of God throughout our land. It’s like we’re trying to spread margarine over bread so as to make way for the butter. The Word isn’t just what makes a “good” Christian; without it, there would be no Christians at all.
David mention’s the Law of God that he gave to Moses. I think before our confidence in the Word was wiped out, our confidence in God’s law as being a sufficient pattern of following after the One who is our Righteousness had to go out first. We cannot be confident in every word contained in the Scriptures if we do not believe that God really wants us to serve Him in the way that the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments or the I believe seven ways that Lord’s Pray prescribes. I know I have many blog readers don’t know Christ. I will tell them, as I pray God more earnestly than you would believe that I shall have the chance of telling them in person, that the way that Christ shows is the only way. And you will never walk in that manner unless you are walking in the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Light.
I cannot fully express my feelings in just one post. I’ll be back.

  1. #1 by RileyDad on January 23, 2009 - 4:45 pm

    Excellent & challenging, son.

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