20 October 2010

God's Transforming Word

From the October 18 entry in John MacArthur's devotional, Drawing Near. You can read this devotional daily here.
God's Transforming Word 

"The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul" (Ps. 19:7).

Many today doubt the power of Scripture in dealing with the deeper aspects of the human heart and mind. The Bible may be helpful for certain superficial or "spiritual" problems, they say, but it's too simplistic and inadequate for the more complex psychological issues of modern man. The truth is, however, the best psychology can do is modify external behavior. It cannot redeem and transform the soul. Only God can do that through the power of His Word.

That's the truth behind Psalm 19:7, which calls Scripture "the law of the Lord," thus emphasizing its didactic nature. It is the sum of God's instruction to man, whether for creed (what we believe), character (what we are), or conduct (what we do).

The law of the Lord is "perfect." That represents a common Hebrew word that speaks of wholeness, completeness, or sufficiency. Commentator Albert Barnes wrote that Scripture

lacks nothing [for] its completeness; nothing in order that it might be what it should be. It is complete as a revelation of Divine truth; it is complete as a rule of conduct. . . . It is absolutely true; it is adapted with consummate wisdom to the [needs] of man; it is an unerring guide of conduct. There is nothing there which would lead men into error or sin; there is nothing essential for man to know which may not be found there (Notes on the Old Testament: Psalms, vol. 1 [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1974], p. 171).

Man's reasoning is imperfect, but God's Word is perfect, containing everything necessary for your spiritual life. It is so comprehensive that it can restore your soul. That is, convert, revive, refresh, and transform every aspect of your being to make you precisely the person God wants you to be.
Don't look to impotent human alternatives when God's Word stands ready to minister to your every need. Spiritual warfare is fought with spiritual weapons, not fleshly techniques, theories, or therapies (2 Cor. 10:4).

Suggestions for Prayer:
Ask God to keep you focused on His counsel regarding every situation you face today.

For Further Study:
Memorize 2 Corinthians 9:8 as a reminder of God's super- abounding grace to you.


From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993.

1 comment:

  1. I like the way this verse, Psalm 19:7, reads in the HCSB: "The instruction of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise." God's Law, His Word, instructs us to live a Christ-like life and we are inexperienced, by reading and studying His Word, we do become wise in the ways of Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord for His love letter, His Holy Word! Maranatha!!!

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