“The Word of God is living and active!” Here are some verses that have transformed my way of thinking:
6 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
Let’s take the second part first. Our sanctification (becoming like Jesus in true righteousness and holiness) comes through the truth, which is the Word of God. If we ever needed a verse upon which to base our lives, this one is it.
As for protection, Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane:
Luke 22:46 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
Mark 14:38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit [His Spirit and/or your soul] is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Jesus is not so much concerned about our physical predicaments; He can use us anywhere, anyhow. He never leaves us! He’s concerned about our susceptibility to the Enemy’s lies. He foreknew that the disciples would not be able to stay awake and would run away. It didn’t matter. He was the only One who could do what He was about to do. What was it He was about to do? He was about to join eternity with history at the cross. It is, indeed, the crossroads of history. His love and grace reach both backward in time to Adam and Eve and then forward to the last person who will receive Him as Lord.
Interesting note: When Jesus said, “Keep watch,” He was referring to the practice/command of Exodus 12:42,
42 Because the Lord kept vigil [watch] that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil [watch] to honor the Lord for the generations to come.
In other words, He wasn’t asking them to do anything out of the ordinary. In fact, they probably observed the practice most other times. So, what happened? They were unprepared for the Enemy’s attack! But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. Matthew 26:56, which was a reference to Zechariah 13:7. Matthew and Mark even quoted it in Matthew 26:31 and Mark 14:27. Why? Did Jesus choose for them to desert Him? NO. He just knew ahead of time, as did Zechariah–and Isaiah 59:15-21 (neat passage!). He had to save mankind on His own.
Tomorrow, we will look at Titus 2:11-14 and how it has transformed my life.
Abba, may You impress upon us the importance of making Your Truth first in our lives. May we discover Your Truth in Your Word. Make it vital to us, O LORD–hopefully, not by removing it from our accessibility! May Your words be precious in our sight even as it was to King David in Psalm 19. Speak to our hearts, LORD Jesus, speak that our souls may hear. Amen.