walk in the word
There are hundreds of these worldly, shortsighted, human stupid-isms. They sound so wise, but the people who live by them aren’t really happy.
Not so with God’s principles. That word “precepts” refers to God’s rulings, His pronouncements, His divine principles. They are so far superior to those other dumb things. Isn’t that great to know? God’s principles are not off-track. They’re not off by a degree. They are 100% correct. They set a right path for our feet. Life is like a maze, and the principles of God set a right path through the maze.
God’s principles also “rejoice the heart.” When we walk through the right path in life, when we follow God’s Word, it brings joy to our hearts. It takes the pressure off. Never do we have so much joy in this world as when we are living in conformity to God’s prescription for us. Never. It’s like an engine firing on all cylinders, like a gazelle running full speed, like a symphony with every instrument perfectly in tune. These principles don’t grate the ear; they cause the heart to rejoice. We’re doing the things that God created us to do.
Do you remember Luke 24? Jesus appeared to two disciples as they walked along the road to Emmaus and talked with them about all the things the Scriptures said concerning Himself. Later on they recognized Him, and snap! He vanished before their eyes. They said these words: “Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32) Christ was expounding all the Scriptures in the Old Testament concerning Himself, and a supernatural joy burned within them.
Now I’m asking you, have you really honestly discovered the joy of God’s Word? Do you live it out? Maybe it’s time to turn off the television, unplug the phone, and open God’s book. Feed yourself day after day on the truths of His Word. Pursue the three D’s:
First, you need discipline to read the Word, even when you don’t feel like it. Then a desire will grow to read more. Finally, your heart will delight in the truth of God’s Word. God’s Word brings us joy. —James MacDonald
Prayer: Dear Father, I know a lot of silly maxims that the world follows, but I do I know what Your Word says? Forgive me for turning to the world instead of to Your Word for the truths that I need for my life. Help me to make Your Word my delight. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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