Monday, October 19, 2015

Restored by the Word

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Whatever your soul needs, you can get it from the Word of God. Never doubt that! Some Christ followers think it is only helpful for certain spiritual problems, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible is not simplistic or inadequate when it comes to the complex issues of life because it can redeem and transform the soul. That is something that can only be done by God through His powerful, eternal Word. And it touches every aspect of our life; what we believe [creed], what we are [character], what we do [conduct]. 

The Psalmist said the Law of the Lord is perfect. The Hebrew word has the idea of being whole or complete or sufficient. One commentator wrote that Scripture "lacks nothing [for] its completeness; nothing in order that it might be what it should be. It is complete as a revelation of Divine truth; it is complete as a rule of conduct. . . . It is absolutely true; it is adapted with consummate wisdom to the [needs] of man; it is an unerring guide of conduct. There is nothing there which would lead men into error or sin; there is nothing essential for man to know which may not be found there" (Notes on the Old Testament: Psalms, Vol. 1 [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1974], p. 171).

Let’s face it, our thinking and reasoning is imperfect, but not God’s. His is perfect. So it follows logically that His Word is perfect. So perfect, in fact, that it can restore your soul—convert it, revive it, refresh it, transform it. 

There is no competition from a human perspective here. Man’s ways are impotent. There isn’t an alternative or substitute for the Word. Everything you need for godliness is found in it. Through His Word, God can transform you into the person He wants you to be.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul. Psalm 19:7 [NASB]

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