Sunday, May 31, 2015

Thy Word

Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

    Relationships are always based upon trust. They may start out in mutual attraction, or in common likes and dislikes, or even in a common goal and purpose, but they grow and flourish in an atmosphere of mutual trust. Without trust, they will flounder and end up on the rocks, and when trust is broken in an established relationship, the relationship is broken too.

     Whether the break is in a marriage, or in some other personal or business relationship, the outcome will be devastating. If it is a valued relationship, much work may be required to mend it. But mending it may, or may not be possible. 

     Jesus never breaks trust though. His Word is true, rock-solid, and steadfast. Jesus reveals to us the path to reconciliation, which runs through Him. The writer of Hebrews makes note of God’s unwavering Word. In a world where a man’s word is only as good as the man, it’s not comforting to learn that man’s heart is wicked and deceitful, from Jeremiah 17:9. But even in this disquieting knowledge, we find the source of true comfort in God’s unerring Word. He knows us better than we know ourselves. 

     In today’s study, we hear the heart of David, and we see his frustration and his fears come out in the printed word. David learned a lesson in relationships. In Psalm 118, David wrote that it was better to trust in the Lord, than to trust in man. David suffered through many broken relationships, some of which were his fault. The heart of an unregenerate man is too fickle, and will always watch for its own best interests, but God’s best interests are all about man’s benefit. Let me say that again: God’s best interests are all about man’s benefit.  

     Quite literally, there is nothing that God will not do to assist a person who is seeking faith, or seeking to deepen faith in Him. And along the way, that person will learn that God is true to His Word, and that His Word is always true. Count on it. Count on Him even when we find ourselves in error.

    “…it was impossible for God to lie, (that) we might have strong consolation,
who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which
hope we have as an anchor for our soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil…”   ~ Hebrews 6:18 & 19
(Within the veil is the Holy of Holies: the presence of Jesus Christ.)

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