Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Universal Power

“You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”  This verse struck me in a new way today.  Not because of the sheer magnitude of it’s importance, but because of the context in which it was spoken.  I am referring to Matthew 4:10 and it was Jesus that quotes this Scripture to Satan, after Satan wants Jesus to worship him. 

Think about this.  God (John 1:1), in human flesh (John 1:14), who inspired the Scriptures for man (2 Tim 3:16-17) is now quoting them back to a being that is not human and lives in a different realm.  This shows the universal impact of the inspired Word of God.  Jesus doesn’t quote from some heavenly doxology or some unwritten ideology, he uses a commandment spoken to men for his defense.  The truth spoken in the pages of our Bible hold the same power in heaven as they do on earth. 

I just found that amazing.  That Jesus could have used anything for his defense and yet he goes to the written and inspired Word.  The power of the Word of God goes far beyond the borders of our planet, but hold true for all beings everywhere. 

Application

It seems brutally obvious, but if Jesus used Scripture to combat the temptations of the evil one, how much more should we.  How can we use Scripture if we don’t know Scripture?  How can we defend against the misuse of Scripture (as Satan did) unless we “ginosko” (Greek for “come to know”) the Word of God. 

Read Matt. 4:1-11

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

OMG

There it is, in black and white, OMG is among the top Twitter abbreviations.  O my God!  A term commonly used by teenagers and young adults as an expression of surprise or amazement, especially in instant messaging or other social media.  This little expression has been so misused and overused that today as I read Psalm 25, I was stopped in my tracks at verse 2.

"O my God, in you I trust;
let my not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me."

I could barely get past the phrase "O my God" without hearing it in a teenage girl's voice.  A phrase once used by the humble and contrite to express the deep longings of their heart, is now redefined by a generation that has forsaken God.  I would love to call it ironic but it's what a nation does that turns their back on God.  We take the familiar items of worship and veneration and we alter our perception and dispell the original meaning. 

Psalm 25 was the second passage of Scripture I read on the night I gave my life to Christ.  It penetrated deep into my new found heart that night and it still takes my breath away some 30 years later.  Don't let the world redefine the precious truths of God's Word...after all, it was authored by God, not Twitter. 



[Recommendation for Today: Take a few minutes from your busy schedule and read Psalm 25.  If you can make the time (which I know you can), then read it several times, meditating on each verse and asking God to reveal Himself to you through this Psalm today.  You can find it online at www.BibleGateway.com.  Better yet, memorize the one verse that stands out to you and chew on it this week.]