|Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, PhD|
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life
Imagine that you’re a student, and prior to your exams, your teacher gives you all the relevant textbooks and materials to study, points out the very chapters you should focus on, and even the questions to expect. What do you think of the student who says, "I really want to pass this exam, but I don’t have enough time to study?" He has set himself up for failure.
Likewise, in Christianity, we’re in life’s exam; the Holy Spirit, our Teacher, has given us the Word, and He’s shown us how to use it. He’s told us that every problem that’s going to be solved, and every question that’ll be answered, is in the Word. Nothing outside it is coming your way; therefore, study it, understand it, live by it, and you’ll be a success.
However, if someone says, "I want to please God, and do His will. I want to be everything He destined me to be, but my problem is that I really don’t have the time to study the Bible." That’s like the student we described earlier. Only one outcome can result from such an attitude: failure. You must study and give the Word of God attention in your life. How would you please Him, and be a success in life, if you aren’t acquainted with His Word?
The Word of God is God’s instruction manual for an extraordinary life of glory. It’s the only dependable material to build you up, and sustain you in the transcendent life. So, don’t neglect the Word. The best way to serve God, and be an extraordinary success in life, is to function in, and live according to His Word.
Jesus said, "…he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him" (John 8:29). If you’ll diligently and meditatively study the Word, you’ll know the mind of the Father; His heart will be unveiled to you, and by walking in His light, you can always please Him.
Dear Father, I thank you for the transforming power of your Word in my life. As I study your Word, my mind is renewed; I’m transformed and transfigured, positioned in your glory. I continually make progress, and my advancement, profiting and growth are evident to all, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
further study: Proverbs 8:10; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Acts 20:32 : Acts 7:54-8:1-8 2 Chronicles 31-32 : 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 Isaiah 4