God’s Word; November 26, 2017

Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.

The Japanese rendering of this verse seems much more picturesque than the NIV: “When the door of Your Word opens, light shines in, giving understanding (satori, enlightenment) to the simple (those without discernment). The point is that God gives us a lot by His Word. Actually, when you consider that He created the universe by speaking it into being, (Genesis 1) you can say that He gives us everything by His Word. That’s why it’s so significant that the Roman Centurion simply asked for a word (Luke 7:7) For a while quite a few years ago the favorite quote among Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians was, “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.” However, looking at the Bible as a whole, if God said it, that settles it, period, whether I believe it or not. My faith has a big impact on how much I enjoy what God said, but it doesn’t change the truth of it. That’s why we need to keep taking in God’s Word: not so that we can use it to manipulate circumstances, but so that it can change us to be more of what God intends us to be. To be honest, we all fit into the category of “the simple” in this verse. We need God’s word to shine into our darkness and let us see things as they really are. Otherwise, we have no real hope of getting things straight.

Right now I’m in a bit of a dark corner myself. I wouldn’t call it a pit, but I certainly feel in need of light! Physical and especially emotional exhaustion have taken their toll, which leaves me with little enthusiasm for much of anything. When I have a packed schedule ahead of me, starting with today, that’s a problem! I need to rest in the truth I know. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” (Matthew 6:34) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) I know all those Scriptures to be true, so I need to let them operate in me fully to give me the light I need right now, trusting that I will have the light I will need tomorrow when it is tomorrow, and not demand that light right now. I know that in myself I am incapable of handling it all, but I also know that God is more than capable of handling it, even through me, if I will allow Him to do so.

Father, I tend to have this issue every year around this time, but this year’s challenges are different. Thinking about it, though, they aren’t worse, because Cathy hasn’t been hospitalized like she has been in the past. This year I am especially struck with the futility of things, and the flood of consumerism doesn’t help my mood. Help me do each think I need to do, not in my own wisdom and strength but in Yours, trusting that You will enable me to do so, so that I may be an open channel of Your grace and blessing to those around me rather than a drag and an obstacle, which is what I feel like emotionally. Help me indeed do it all through Christ who strengthens me, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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