What the Good Book Is Good for – In Sync
Key Bible Verse: The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. – Psalm 19:8a
Bonus Reading: Psalm 119:1-8
Commandments are God’s prescriptions, pronouncements, principles. The world has principles, too, doesn’t it?
Stuff like: “You only go around once, so go for the gusto.”
Or how about: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
Everyone has heard that worldly principle—sort of like: “You might mess with me once, but don’t ever try it again.” There are hundreds of these shortsighted stupidisms.
But in contrast to all this faulty human thinking that seldom guides and never satisfies are “the commandments of the Lord.” His principles are 100 percent right in all that they assert. They’re not off-track, not even by a degree. Isn’t that great to know?
Life is like a maze. The statutes of God set a right path through the maze so that we don’t wander aimlessly or get lost or sidetracked by things that don’t ultimately matter. God’s statutes take the pressure off.
Never do we have so much joy in this world as when we are living in conformity to God’s Word. Never. Like an engine firing on all cylinders. Like a gazelle running full speed. Like a symphony—every instrument pounding out the melody and harmonies in perfect tune and rhythm.
—James MacDonald in God Wrote a Book
My Response: How does God’s Word alert me to flaws in the godless thinking that surrounds me?
Thought to Apply: One who uses the Bible as his guide never loses his sense of direction.—Source Unknown
Adapted from God Wrote a Book (Crossway, 2002)
Prayer for the Week: Thank you, Lord, for giving me Your Book that tells me everything I need to know about life and how to live it.