As part of deepening my own walk with Christ, I am seeking to become more prudent, meaning that I desire to intentionally weigh my actions with respect to God’s word. One of my exercises is to meditate on each individual verse in the book of Proverbs. Today’s post is a simple devotion based on one particular passage that really caught my attention. My hope is that your mind will be challenged and your heart equipped to make good, solid decisions.
The passage I am referring to is located in the penultimate chapter of the book and captures the power of what Solomon has written throughout Proverbs (and really what is written throughout the entire the Bible).
“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you to be a liar.” Proverbs 30:5-6
Allow that to simmer for just a moment: Every. Word. Of. God. Is. Flawless. What exactly does this mean in our everyday lives?
This means that the Bible is perfect. Jesus as the “Word made flesh” is perfect. There is not one mistake, one error, one misconception, or one false accusation in the word of God. There is nothing outside of stunning perfection in the stories, parables, commandments, songs, prophecies, devotions, teachings, and insight found in His Holy Word.
God’s word is the flawless antidote to our human imperfection, and we need it every single day.
Based on this scripture, God’s words should be regarded as the safest and most secure basis for all of our decision-making. If you need help in making a decision, read His word. It’s an incredible (in fact, perfect) resource for any area of life you may need help with today. Whether you are creating a budget, evaluating a dating relationship, managing conflict with a colleague, establishing boundaries with a close friend, leading a staff with diverse personalities, or confronting a loved one in a harmful addiction, God’s Word is sure to have some incredible (and perfect) insight.
As His beloved, if we want to reap incredibly good consequences, then we must sow into them by making incredibly good choices. We can do this by applying His flawless word (as recommended by God Himself).
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:7-9
Read His word for yourself. Read what God has to say about your specific situation, and then apply what He says to your situation. Although elementary to some, this simple, practical process requires wisdom and maturity.
How do we do this in our everyday lives? Here’s one simple example: let’s say that you are deciding whether to purchase a new car. Although your current car runs fine, you’re ready for a change, so you begin to look at financing options. Before you even begin the process of looking at a new car, a few good questions to ask yourself are:
“Have I brought this decision before God and sought His direction, or am I leaning on my own understanding?”
“What does He have to say about my old car (since it belongs to Him, as the giver and owner of all, and He provided it for me)?”
“What does His word say about financing or money management?”
From the answers you find to questions like these, you may conclude that He is in fact leading you to purchase a new car. Or you may find that He wants you to spend your time and treasure on something different. Either way, He gets the glory.
In reality, your decisions may be completely different. Yet, questions similar to these can be asked about any decision that we need to make. By incorporating His flawless word into our decision making, we can be really challenged to evaluate how much we really apply His truth in our lives.