An Unwavering Foundation
“Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ “(Luke 10: 25-27 NIV).
We’re prone to adjust and alter situations and circumstances to comply with our own agenda or priorities. Psychologists call this rationalization; theologians call it situation ethics. God is as crystal clear about adjustments and variations to His law as Uncle Sam is about our adjustments to the Income Tax Code. We may not like it; it may not suit us; but it’s the law, and as citizens we’re compelled to obey.
Near the end of the Israelite’s wandering as they were preparing to cross the Jordan River, Moses reviewed God’s laws. He reminded them of God’s words: Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it… (Deut. 4:2 NIV). To quote Dr. Seuss, “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant… an elephant’s an elephant, 100%.” God reminds us that His Word is final and it is total. We can’t change an elephant, and we have no authority to change His Word. We’re not given the privilege to pick and choose what we want to obey and/or what we would rather ignore. It is important to read His Word in it’s proper context so that we may try to understand His message to the fullest. Do you hope to be a witness for the Lord? Then read, study, and adhere to His Word.
More than ever before, it is spiritually imperative to be scripturally sound. Everywhere we turn, someone is propounding his or her interpretation of the Word. If we’re unfamiliar with the Word or don’t consistently read and study it, we can be swayed by false doctrines, contemporary trends, and situational rationalizations of His omniscient word. This is spiritual quicksand. It will not hold us up when we need it the most. Investigate and study the Scripture so that you may create a strong foundation for your relationship with God.
Begin each day in the Word.