We need to have a deep, abiding respect for God’s truth. No matter how powerful it is, the truth will not do us any good if we do not receive it properly. It will be good if we make the coming week a week of growth in the quality of our hearing.
Daily Family Bible Studies
It is not enough to “seek” Jesus. Our motives must be right, and we must seek the higher things that Jesus is able to provide. From time to time, Jesus will provide “loaves and fishes,” but He desires to help us with problems much greater than physical hunger.
Our Heavenly Father knew we would need a regular means of remembering the sacrifice that made our forgiveness possible, and He has graciously provided this means in the bread and fruit of the vine that we partake of each Lord’s Day.
It is a glorious freedom that we experience, and it is right for us to enjoy it — but each Lord’s Day when we remember our Savior’s death on the cross, let’s be humbled by the reminder that our freedom was purchased at a high price, paid by our Father.
Our confidence in our salvation rests upon our certainty that apostles’ testimony is true. For this reason, it is important for us to be sure that what Christ originally taught is true and that the apostles’ written records are reliable and trustworthy.
In areas where we may not understand the rationale for what God commands, let’s trust that God knows what He is doing. Because we have faith that God is wise and that He will never lead us astray, let’s obey whatever God’s will is.
We need to make the effort throughout life to grow deeper and deeper in the knowledge of what prayer should be. Indeed, there is more to learn about communicating with God than we could learn in a long lifetime. The challenge is to keep learning and growing.
Just as Israel was tempted to rely on other help other than what God provided, so we may fail to place our total confidence in Him. We may be tempted to “supplement” our faith in God with a variety of earthly confidences: worldly wealth, wisdom, and power.
God expects us to grow to maturity in Christ, and this requires a decision on our part to cooperate with His plan for our perfection in eternity. Spiritual growth in the here and now is not optional. If we’re negligent or lazy, we can’t depend on grace to get us to heaven.
In the final analysis, what really are the components of genuine happiness? If we’re serious about answering that question, the account in Genesis 2 of Adam and Eve’s happiness in the Garden of Eden will be of more than passing interest to us.