Sunday, September 5, 2021

Words You Can Depend On

One morning as I was leaving my first speech class, my wise teacher stopped me and offered me a few words of advice on the importance of being well prepared to serve God. During our conversation she advised me to take every course that had anything to do with speaking or writing. “Larry,” she said in a voice that reflected sincerity and compassion, “it does not matter how much you know about the Bible, if you can’t explain it so people can understand it, accept it, and live it, you’ll be letting God down.” It made good sense to me then, and even more sense to me now. Thankfully, I followed her recommendation carefully.

One of the classes I took emphasized the difficulty of people hearing what a speaker says, interpreting it correctly, and passing it on. It is easy to hear what someone says but quite difficult to pass it on without changing the words and the meaning that the speaker intended. When this happens, something is lost in “transmission,” and it could be a matter of life and death if the message passed on is incorrect or inconsistent.

The importance of the integrity of God’s message is clearly presented in Psalm 93:5, “Your statues stand firm!” That means “Whatever God said is so.” His Word contains no errors, no mistakes, and no information that can lead us astray if accepted as written. In fact, the word for statues emphasizes the fact that Scripture rests on the integrity of God our Creator. His statements, promises, warnings, and commands are not to be changed to meet the desires of man but to proclaim and present the everlasting covenant of His love, mercy, grace, salvation, and hope between God and man.

Prayer:  We thank You, Lord, for the trustworthiness of Your Word that declares the Way, the Truth and the Life. Help us to know it, love it, and share it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Your statutes, Lord, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days. Psalm 93:5

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