THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
UNDERSTANDING GOD’S WORDS
February 18, 2020
God’s gives us His words to guide our lives so that
our house can be built on the Rock that is Christ. God’s
words are of tremendous value to us. Unfortunately, many do
not listen to His words. For many who do hear His words, they
do not listen intently enough to the Spirit speaking to them.
So they do not understand what God is telling them. So they
do not live out His words. So they build on sand.
told his disciples, when they misunderstood what he was saying
about leaven: “Do you not yet understand or comprehend?
Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes and not see, ears
and not hear?” (Mk 8:17b-18a). We do see the words of
God in the Bible but do we really see? We do hear the words
of God preached and taught, but do we really hear? And if
we do see and hear, do we harden our hearts such that we do
not act on God’s words?
has a great plan for us. But we need to be able to see and
act on His truths as expounded by His words. “He willed
to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind
of firstfruits of his creatures.” (Jas 1:18). So God
seeks to guide us and use us for His purposes. For this He
gives us His words. “Blessed the one whom you guide,
Lord, whom you teach by your instruction.” (Ps 94:12).
wisdom and guidance do what for us?
They deliver us from evil. His instructions are designed
“to give rest from evil days” (Ps 94:13a).
sustain us in our daily walk, keeping us on the right track.
“For the Lord will not forsake his people, nor abandon
his inheritance.” (Ps 94:14).
They lead us to what is right and just. “Judgment
shall again be just, and all the upright of heart will follow
it.” (Ps 94:15).
They sustain us in the spiritual war that we are engaged
in. “Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who
will stand up for me against evildoers?” (Ps 94:16).
They help us attain the victory. “If the Lord were
not my help, I would long have been silent in the grave.”
They keep us secure in God’s mercy and deliver us
from evil. “When I say, ‘My foot is slipping,’
your mercy, Lord, holds me up.” (Ps 94:18). Though
there will be temptations from the enemy, God’s words
will help us overcome these. “Blessed is the man who
perseveres in temptation, for when he has been proved he
will receive the crown of life that he promised to those
who love him.” (Jas 1:12).
They give us joy in the midst of troubles and sorrows. “When
cares increase within me, your comfort gives me joy.”
Let us listen to and act on God’s words. Let the Lord
Jesus not say to us, “Do you still not understand?”