Imagine a group of world-renowned experts gathered around your kitchen table. The group has assembled to answer your questions from their tremendous expertise and experience. Now imagine that an hour or so into the discussion, you begin to argue with them. Even worse, you quit listening to them. You choose not to believe or act on the facts they have shared. Such actions would be foolish, if not futile.
Are we not prone to do this with God? Over thousands of years, God assembled His words into one divinely inspired book, the Holy Bible. In addition, God sent Jesus as a living testimony of His words, showing us who He is and exhibiting how we are to live. Yet like humanity since the beginning, we often fail to listen to, believe and act on the words of the One who knows all things. When we make choices apart from God’s wisdom and Word, we forfeit great blessing and endure needless hardships and consequences.
There’s a better way:
“This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at My Word.”
When we humble ourselves before God, become contrite in spirit and tremble at His Word, we make God’s Word the authority in our lives.
It’s the mindset:
God said it. I believe it. That settles it.
Such a mindset does not ignore, discount or circumvent the intelligence God gave you. Instead, it’s the ultimate use of your intellect. We wisely follow the advice of worldly experts. Even more so, we should tremble at and act upon every word God speaks. In doing so, we receive lavish portions of His power and wisdom. We gain access to the very mind of Christ. Anything less is an act of ignorance and foolishness.
No matter how we have ignored or rejected God’s words in the past, we can choose to submit to them today. Go to God’s Word. Believe it. Act according to it!
“Lord, to whom shall we go? You alone have the words of eternal life.”