This verse speaks of eternal life, yet it made me wonder: do we live as though God is God only of life once our time on earth has ceased? Is He only “profitable” for securing our home in heaven? Or do we see Him as Lord of our life? Yes, we can comfort ourselves with the eternal hope and security of our everlasting God, but He is just as real here on earth as He is in heaven. Do we live unto Him or barely give Him a fleeting thought in our busy times?
In a time when events hadn’t gone as they thought it should, they were confused, fearful, and mourning, Jesus’ Words comforted and assured them. When we refuse to listen to God’s Word, we refuse to find a balm for our needs—our confusion, fear, mourning, and even guilt, questions, and unbelief.
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22
Job 23:10-12 compares God’s Word to food—our need for daily nourishment. Here, it ties God’s Word in with life and health. A healthy lifestyle is one with proper nourishment and activity. We can eat that which is good for our bodies, but unless we couple it with activity and exercise, our bodies will not be properly nourished. So it is with God’s Word. We can feast on it with sermons and devotional books and reading Scriptures, but unless we do some spiritual exercise (i.e. apply and obey), that which we have “eaten” will not be properly digested (and thus benefit our spiritual bodies to its fullest extent). Have we grown lazy in our exercise? Have we failed to keep God’s Word ever before us, to follow it?
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. John 3:21
The workers of evil avoid the truth of God’s Word (vs. 20), but on the contrary, those who do truth seek out God and His Word. This applies to our life in various forms: our means of salvation, the physical and spiritual work we do, what motivates us. Even in our “non-spiritual” work, we can seek the Light or reject the Light by our attitude, actions, and thoughts.
What verse has recently taught you something?