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Eternally Perfect Guidance

 

January 8

 

Read Psalm 119:130-133 (ESV)

The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name. Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

 

Reflect

According to this psalm, what are some of the benefits of opening up our Bibles and reading Scripture?

 

Have you ever followed your GPS even when you had an inkling that it was leading you down the wrong path? Maybe it led you straight to a dead end all the while insisting that you have “arrived.” Or maybe you’ve pulled an old map out of the glovebox on a road trip only to discover that it is out of date and no longer useful. Don’t you wish you had a roadmap to life that would never steer you wrong and would always be relevant, no matter what year it is?

 

I have good news for you. There is no guide to life quite like the Bible. In today’s verses, the author of Psalm 119 wrote that whenever God’s Word is opened, it gives light and understanding. When we walk according to God’s Word, He illuminates our path and we are able to walk without stumbling. In verse 105 of this same psalm, the author said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” He shows us the way that we should go. But unlike maps or GPS, the Bible will never lead you where you don’t want to go, and it will never be out of date.

 

Jesus Himself said that “heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). The prophet Isaiah also testified to the timelessness of God’s Word: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8). His Words are eternal. His guidance is relevant no matter the century or decade. The Bible never goes out of style. His Word will always have something to say about the issues we are facing in our time.

 

Not only is the Bible timeless but it is without error. It is never wrong. Throughout Scripture we see God’s Word being described as “flawless” and “perfect.” We don’t have to worry about reading something that isn’t true or will lead us astray. Not only will His Word keep our feet on paths of righteousness, but obedience to His Word will keep sin from ruling over us (v.133).

 

King David agreed that the Word of the Lord is extremely beneficial to those who read it. In Psalm 19:7-11, he wrote: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clear, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”

 

Because the psalmist understood the immense benefits of God’s Word, he wrote in today’s verse that he “pants for it.” This isn’t the only place in Scripture where we see the analogy between longing for God’s Word and panting as if desperate for water. In Psalm 42:1-2, we read, “As the deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my souls for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God..”

 

Friends, it is my hope and prayer for you this year, that you will continue to reap the benefits of spending time engaging in God’s Word and that your soul will long for Him. His Word is always relevant and is always a faithful guide.

 

Pray

Lord, thank You for providing reliable guidance through Your Word. It is trustworthy and timeless and I know that I can count on it to lead me in the truth and in a way that honors You. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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11 days ago
On this journey of life, I found out that STUFF does not satisfy but only for a short time! The Word is beneficial for me and I must read and meditate on the Word daily and walk accordingly! I realized that I must be strategic and consistent in my time to focus on spending time in praying and reading the Word.
12 days ago
It's great to give God's word our totality. It worth it all. Lord help me to do just that. Amen.
12 days ago
Heavenly Father, Your Word is sure to find a place in my life. It has guided me as an adult; it has corrected me when I went wrong; it has spoken to me when I felt down; it has consoled me when I was sad; it has inspired me when I was clueless, and it continues with me even now in my latter years as my companion.
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12 days ago
You said that the Bible is never wrong but there are a lot of inconsistence in the Bible, for example: Matthew and Mark talked about the number of fish that was used to serve the multitudes yet in Luke that amount change yet no one question that irregularity, meaning something is wrong somewhere. Next when the Bible was first written people believe that the Earth was the center of the Universe and everything revolved around it, today we know that is not true the Earth is not the center of the universe yet the interpretation never changed. Therefore to say the Bible doesn’t have error would be an incorrect statement because these are human error to which know human want to explain why there were human error that people take as fact.
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10 days ago
To debate with you would be fruitless. I’m not sure of your believe system , but I would ask the question? What is it that you believe about God , Jesus , the Holy Spirit, Heaven and Hell . Especially, Salvation and where it comes from and why it’s important to understand
The Bible teaches All this within its pages. My prayer is that you will use it not to prove a point , but to draw closer to Jesus. God bless
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12 days ago
Amen
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