“BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Psalms 119:9
Most of us can recall a time in our lives when our mama or grandma opened up the screendoor, leaned out and hollered, “Time to wash up for dinner!” I know I can. But did you ever stop playing, run inside and just “wipe” your grimy hands off only to be told to go back and use soap and water? Me too.
We can pretend to get “washed up” or we can really get clean, can’t we?
My four children are all at different stages right now. They range in ages from 18-23. Parenting young adults is, hands down, one of the most challenging undertakings I have experienced thus far. I would liken it to what it felt like when you were a kid sitting on a trampoline and someone bigger jumped on and bounced you way up high. Your arms and legs were flung about as you sailed through the air and you prayed that you didn’t fall off and break your neck once it was over. Yep, that pretty much describes my life right now.
It seems as though each conversation I have with my offspring is weighty and filled with decisions that will alter their lives in one direction or another. I am constantly searching the Scriptures to help me be a better mother and help my children know wisdom. (And calling my own parents to seek advice….and I am probably wearing them out! LOL)
But one thing is for sure: I KNOW that I KNOW that I KNOW I can count and rely upon God’s Word for direction. I know that when I point my children towards God’s Word, It can really get them cleaned up, not just wiped off.
The knowledge of this fact is one of the main reasons I am taking us through Psalm 119 right now on this blog. The Word of God will NOT fail us if we heed It! And I need that reassurance.
Yesterday I was talking to one of my children about faith. We were discussing the difference between faith in Christ alone and the “faith” religions of this world have in their gods. I reminded her of the story in Acts 8 about Philip and the Ethiopian man. She wasn’t familiar with those verses so I had her read them before we went any further. Afterwards she asked, “Why have I never seen this story? It’s so good!” I smiled and told her that reading God’s Word is what teaches us and fortifies our faith. We work out our own salvation when we take the time to study and understand the inspired Word. We continued our talk on faith based on that passage and my daughter’s thinking was helped.
Why? Because the Bible is powerful.
You and I could seek after other religions and the things they put their faith in, but those things won’t cleanse us. We can read all the pretty stories and blogs in the world, but they won’t cleanse us in our hearts and minds. They may cause us to think about being better or doing better, but true goodness and righteousness come from One Person and that is Jesus Christ, the Word. He alone has the power that is needed to correct our thinking and His Spirit is the Only One that can produce fruit in our lives. It all comes back to the Word of God.
When we have been walking in and among the sins of this world, we sometimes succumb to its temptations and sin. We get dirty, spiritually speaking, every day because we aren’t perfect. We can try all the fake smiles and perfumes we want, but in the end we need to get down to the business of confession and agree with God about our sin, repent and let His Word tell us how to behave more carefully. Day in and day out we need to be washing our thinking and actions in the Word. If not, we will really begin to stink in our speech, our deeds and our testimony.
The Psalmist poses the question of how a young man can cleanse his way. He then answers this saying: “by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
It all comes back to the Word.
In order to take heed to the Word, we need to know what it says! We need to read It and dwell in it!
We know the Bible is profitable:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16
So let’s never wander far from It.
Let’s stay in It every day to help us stay away from what will cause us to doubt.
Let’s stay in It every day to help us know where we are headed.
Let’s stay in It every day to remind ourselves how good God is!
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Leviticus 27 / Isaiah 21-22 / Psalm 83 / Romans 1