Thursday, April 30, 2009

Put to the Test All Things

The way is so simple and obvious - yet so many overlook it. They research, analyze, confer and argue - but the best way to prove the relevancy of the Bible today is to do what it says. "A good understanding have all those who do His commandments," advises Psalm 111:10. If you want to understand God's Word, put it into action. The Bible is God's instruction manual for living. It's not unlike the intimidatingly thick instruction book that came with the word processing program I use. As I use this program, more and more of the instruction book makes sense. Similarly, I will be able to do what the Bible says if I follow the instructions. If I decide not to follow the instructions, life isn't going to work out as I might expect. So the key to undestanding the Word of God is to put it into practice. But that is easier said than done. It demands a commitment beyond what most people are prepared to make in this permissive age. It involves changing - your habits, your routine, your priorities, the way you handle your finances, your family and your relationships with friends and neighbors. The are changes for the better, and some of them do hurt at first. But they can be made. I know hundreds of people in dozens of countries who are doing so. As they put the Bible teachings into action in their lives, they understand the intent of them more and more.

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