unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”
Most of us rejoice that we have crossed over into the New Year and thank God for His grace upon our lives. We are happy that God in His goodness has granted us another lease of life, not to repeat our errors but to press on in the fight for total freedom from the shackles with which the prince of this world has kept us bound.
God has given us another chance in the belief that we will strive to be attentive to His Word and not only that but to also put it in practice. There is something amazing about God’s Word, it does not matter where you are coming from; it will give you the right direction. The psalmist says of God’s word that “It is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.” (Psalm 119: 103)
Life is a journey and we cannot afford to lose our way – not with God’s compass or GPS -- that is hidden in His Word, the Bible. The psalmist equally acclaims: “Your Word, O Lord, is eternal, it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations: You established the earth and it endures.” (Psalm 119:89-90)
Whatever God has done, He has done in relation to His word. Remember that He spoke the world into existence. “Let there be light, and there was light.” So was it for the expanse of land to separate water from water, the lights in the expanse of the sky, the living creatures according to their kind and so on and so forth. When we know this, we would be wise to listen to His word always. He declared through His prophet Isaiah that He does not think or do things the way we do. “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the ground...so is my Word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)
This New Year 2019 is not just another day. It marks a new beginning of our life span; for everything is measured in terms of age as days add up to weeks, weeks to months and months to years. So as we begin this New Year, we recognise we are going through a process and a phase. Everything will pass away. “The grass withers and the flowers fade but the word of God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
God admonished Joshua as he undertook a major assignment after taking over the reins of power from Moses – as a recipe for success--
“Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth, meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8) The Word of God has a special ring to it when we declare it. Our Lord Jesus underlined to His disciples; “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life and yet there are some of you who do not believe.” (John 6:63) He further asserted that “the Scripture cannot be broken.” (John 10:35) He was saying that the scriptures must not be taken lightly.
Nothing can withstand the Word of God. “It is already settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89) Every word of God is flawless. It is a shield for those who take refuge in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5)
Make the infallible Word of God your guiding light this New Year. In the past God spoke through His prophets as a medium by which to reach His people Israel. Today, He speaks through His Son, the Word as portrayed by the apostle John, in the gospel that bears his name. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2)
In these last days, God has spoken to us through His son ‘wrapped in clay,’ becoming flesh and living among us. (John 1:14) This Son is Jesus, the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His Being; sustaining all things by His powerful word.” (Hebrews 1:3)
Of course, when we fill ourselves to overflow with the word of God, we cannot help but reflect His glory. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak.” (Matthew 12:34)
The Word of God has a cleansing effect on our being if we do not harden our hearts. God’s word as spoken by His Son brings life – like a budding flower and its fragrance, it refreshes and wraps us in an aroma throughout the day, clothes us with power to resist the devil.
The psalmist asks this question and provides the answer; “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word.” (Psalm 119: 9) You have heard it. Let your response be, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouthI gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.” (Psalm 119:103-104)