Who Is Pre-eminent In Your Life?
"I hope in your Word." Psalm 119:147 Blessed is the one who puts his hope in the Word of God... This world is fallen, and it stands opposed to the teachings in the Word of God. The world has its principles, but they are contrary to the Word of God, indeed, the Word of God is foolishness to the world, and it is imperative to truly understand that. "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, FOR THEY ARE FOOLISHNESS TO HIM, nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14 Before one is born again, the things of God seem foolish to him. When faced with a difficulty, most run to the world for help and direction. Is THIS not foolishness then? What am I saying - that one should not go a doctor when needed, or to an expert in the area of whatever the need is? No, I am not saying that. I'm saying that when one has a problem, his FIRST recourse should be to go to the Lord and surrender the difficulty to him, putting it all under his sovereignty and asking his direction. Only AFTER one has brought it all to the Lord, THEN he can go for help unless the Lord directs otherwise - and sometimes he does. It happened to me! I obeyed and in each case the situation turned out to my good. Had I turned instead to what "made sense," it could have turned out in disaster and I cringe when I think of it. So, we must establish the Word of God as the very foundation of our lives. "For the Word of God is LIVING and powerful..." Hebrews 4:12 If God goes to such lengths to teach us about his Word, should we not make his Word the foundation, the very rock of our lives? Is that not his intent? Do we not insult him by first going for help somewhere else? For every situation in our lives, God has an answer. Sometimes it's not the answer we would expect. How can we know, unless we have brought it to the Lord first? Sometimes God heals, and sometimes he doesn't. Why is that? And the answer is: we don't know why. It's different in each case. We simply need to get his direction in a problem, and then proceed according to his leading. Many times the Lord chooses not to heal. I knew a woman deeply loved by multitudes of people she had brought to the Lord. She developed a medical condition and scores of people, hundreds of people were praying for her healing. In spite of all that, she died. I saw her the night before she died and upon leaving I said, "I'll see you again," not knowing she was going to die the next day, and though she couldn't speak, her eyes lit up and she shook her head yes, yes, YES! It was not God's will to heal her at this time, though SO many people were praying for her. And she was fine with that. The most important thing in a believer's life is finding out what God's will is in any situation, and THEN we proceed to use the helps in the world that are available to us. That's what faith is all about. It's putting God first, and allowing God to be the Lord in every situation in life, and giving him time first to speak to us through his Word, the Bible. It's not easy, friends. It necessitates surrender, and that can be very painful. But it is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, we're on our own. A scary place to be. "I hope in your Word..." Let this be the foundation of your life, and your life just might go differently from what you thought. And to you who believe, he has promised to work everything out for the good, and I surely can testify to the truth of that, though the powers of hell have sorely fought against me and I have the wounds to prove it. But through surrender, I learned the faithfulness of God. "And we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 THIS PROMISE IS NOT TO EVERYONE. It's to those who are his.