Psalm 12:6 “And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in the furnace of clay, purified seven times.” (NIV)
As I wrote this devotional, we were on the cusp of the NFL divisional playoffs and most excitingly the game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. I mention this because the nation’s attention has been diverted to a young man named Tim Tebow who plays quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Mr. Tebow has been extraordinarily successful this year manufacturing late comeback wins and even beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in a playoff game last weekend.
But I mention Tim Tebow since he speaks and lives out his faith in the public eye, and in so doing has become one of the most polarizing figures in America because he professes to be a Christian. With that admission and life style he is made fun of and spoofed on Saturday Night Live because he dares to remain faithful to Jesus Christ and the simplicity of his faith in a skeptical and cynical world. Even if you know nothing about football, understand that the debate on Christianity is going on in this country among many unbelievers because of Tim’s exploits on the football field. In fact, last weekend when he threw for 316 yards the most “Googled” topic on the internet was John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Now that is power to face adversity and bring the world to a point it seeks out the reason behind our faith. Mr. Tebow infers that the word of God keeps him humble in good times and gives him confidence in God in bad times.
What a great jumping off point for our devotional text found in Psalm 12 which comes from the lips of David facing a world that’s gone wrong as he finds his life in mortal danger from King Saul. As at all times in all things if we are Christians we should turn to God in absolute confidence in his ability to deliver us. Why is that? Because we know and affirm that the word of God is flawless, like refined silver purified seven times. This means that there is nothing there that will fail us, let us go, or mislead us as we struggle at the most difficult and challenging times in our lives. When God says he will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), we lean upon that truth with absolute confidence that the Lord will keep us safe and protect us from this wicked world. The word of God is a great asset for us in Christ, and combined with God’s Holy Spirit living on the inside of us we are the blessed people of God!
TODAY, FATHER, I FLEE TO YOUR WORD AND EMBRACE ITS TRUTHS AS I HEAD OUT INTO THIS WORLD TO SHARE THE LIGHT OF GOD WITHOUT FEAR OR TIMIDITY. HELP ME LORD. AMEN!
Article source: Mike White @ Summit church of Christ
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