How do we live our lives trusting in the promises of God? How do we keep our eye on the prize? How do we overcome Satan and all his schemes?
Proverbs 4 (20-22) says “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”
God’s word, His counsel, His instructions are life to us. If you’re experiencing death, destruction or lack in any area in your life, the answer can be found in the Word of God. Concerned about your marriage? The answer can be found in the Word. Battling at work? The answer is in the Word. Too much month at the end of your money? The answer is in the Word.
God’s word is life. Not Facebook, not your friend, or your pastor’s opinion, but the Word of God.
But it’s not enough to simply read God’s word, Proverbs says we should not even let His word out of our sight. God’s word should be top of mind, in our faces, where we can be reminded again and again of truth. We need to do all we can to remind ourselves of God’s promises because the enemy is going to do everything he can to distract us.
There’s a beautiful story about Peter, the disciple, and how, in the midst of a storm, he sees Jesus walking on the water. He asks Jesus to call him and Jesus does and there’s this magnificent moment when Peter is defying the laws of nature, walking on water with Jesus. It’s beyond belief. But then the wind distracts him. He forgets about the word and focuses on his fear. He forgets that standing beside Jesus is the safest place he can be and as his fear grows heavy, he begins to sink. The Good News is that even though he begins to sink Jesus reaches out to pull Him up! We always have help from God to stay focused on His promises even when we get distracted. He is such a good God!
We need to resist the temptation to focus on the wind, on the troubles, on the cares of this world and the only way to do this is by keeping God’s word front and center and taking every thought captive as we rest in the finished works of Jesus that have been made available to us by God’s Grace.