When you’re knocked down…
I lie in the dust; revive me by your word.-Psalm 119:25
When you’re crying from heartache…
I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.-Psalm 119:28
When you need advice…
Your laws please me; they give me wise advice.-Psalm 119:24
Sometimes–often times–when we aren’t regularly, daily in the Bible, we lie to ourselves…
Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.-Psalm 119:29
We think our sins are better or more pleasurable than obeying God. We don’t realize that it’s a privilege to know His instructions. God isn’t a corrupt, selfish boss. He’s perfect in every way; perfectly good, perfect in truth, perfect in love, perfect in wisdom; so when He gives us an instruction or command, it comes from perfect knowledge and unfathomably good intentions. Literally, God is so good, we cannot even comprehend every aspect of just how good His purposes and plans for us are. I can always come up with a number of reasons as to why God commands us the things He does, but knowing how much higher He is than me and how much holier, and perfect, and wise, I know I’m missing tons more.
How many times have you gone to your mom or best friend for advice? Why do you go to them? When seeking advice, you usually go to the people you trust the most and believe love you the most. These people typically have only lived as long as we have, or a few decades more, but still sin, make mistakes, fail, forget, disappoint. But Jesus is perfect. He never fails, forgets, sins, makes mistakes. He loves us in such a more full and perfect and complete way than anyone on this earth possibly can. He died for us when we were still sinners and cleanses those who trust in Him alone for their salvation and brings them to heaven. So if He is SUCH a better advice-giver, why do we so often side-step or walk past Him and run to a faulty sinner instead?
The best reason would have to be a lack of knowledge. We don’t really KNOW Him like we THINK we do. Just because you believe you have a neighbor living down the street, doesn’t mean you KNOW that neighbor. You may even know her name, but how much time do you spend with her? How often do you talk to her?
Now what about your best friend? How often do you hang out with her? How often do you speak with her? Who do you trust more? Your neighbor down the street or your best friend? Who do you love more?
See, the same outcome is true for our relationship with God. Just because we believe or know He’s there, doesn’t mean we know Him closely, like a best friend. We may know Him more like a distant neighbor, and so it’s no wonder we don’t go to Him first or often for advice. Trust is built more and more over time, isn’t it? Did you instantly entrust all of your deepest and darkest secrets with the person who is now called your best friend? Even if you trusted her after your first conversation, you grew to trust her more the better you got to know her, right?
If you don’t regularly spend time getting to know God through reading the Bible, He will always be that last resort, distant neighbor you call on when no one else is available. Since the majority of your advice is coming from imperfect, sinful humans with knowledge limited to a few decades of life and loaded with bias, your life and decisions will often be fueled by lies rather than the truth. But the more truth you know, the more Jesus you know, the more your choices will be guided by truth and the clearer and more certain your path will be.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.-Provers 3:6-8
I pray you begin to regularly open your bible and make an effort to become best friends with Jesus for your own good, and for His glory! Here’s how to begin:
How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
I have tried hard to find you—
don’t let me wander from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
I praise you, O Lord;
teach me your decrees.
I have recited aloud
all the regulations you have given us.
I have rejoiced in your laws
as much as in riches.
I will study your commandments
and reflect on your ways.
I will delight in your decrees
and not forget your word.-Psalm 119:9-16
1.) Try hard.
2.) Hide His Word in your heart by reading it regularly.
3.) Recite His Word, read it aloud, and quote it to others and yourself.
4.) Rejoice in His Word; be thankful for His precious promises and instructions to you.
5.) Study His Word; ask Him to teach you about something you want wisdom for and search for the answers in the Bible.
6.) Delight in His Word. Remember, reading the Bible is an absolute privilege; it’s the wisdom and knowledge of God! And not everyone has it so easily accessible, and many get imprisoned or killed for reading the Bible!
Keep me from lying to myself;
give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.
I have chosen to be faithful;
I have determined to live by your regulations.
I cling to your laws.
Lord, don’t let me be put to shame!
I will pursue your commands,
for you expand my understanding.-Psalm 119:29-32
Choose, determine, cling, and pursue. What guy, dream, school or career is better than Jesus? So choose and determine to pursue Him, and then keep clinging to Him all of your days. Trust me, the only thing you’ll regret is not having done so sooner.