Cling to the Word of God

Posted on June 17, 2022

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By David Ettinger

The Sacred Book
As American and Western society continues to splinter, it is crucial that Christians remain focused on God’s Word. Politics go a long way in exposing the major differences dividing Americans, and it is has led to ugliness, confusion, anger, hostility, and discord.

Stoking much of this is the media, both on the left and on the right, and Americans have been gorging on it. We have been consuming the onslaught of pundit preaching on both sides of the political spectrum, their outlooks, notions, and sentiments shaping ours.

For the child of God, however, this should not be. We need to know when to pull the plug on our media consumption, instead focusing on the Sacred Book, the Bible.

Limiting the Unholy
Whereas the Bible is holy, the secular media is far from it. Whether your choice is Fox News or CNN, all you are digesting is the wisdom of men and women, of which the Bible says, “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20).

I am not saying that the wisdom of the world is of no profit, but I am cautioning you to guard yourself. Limit the amount of time you spend consuming media fare, whether TV, the Internet, or talk radio.

The Apostle Paul clearly understood the fallacy of people filling themselves with the world’s wisdom. He wrote, “and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5).

How are you doing in this area? One way to determine this is to compare the amount of time you spend on the media with how much time you spend reading your Bible.

God’s Word
Remember, the media is the invention of imperfect, and at times evil, men and women. The Bible, on the other hand, is the Word of God, i.e., His divine words given us through the pen of selected men.

Paul tells us that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

The Greek word for “inspired” can be translated as “God-breathed.” The idea is that though God used men to transmit the Bible, they were not relating their own thoughts, but God’s. This means that what is written in the Bible is that which God wants you to know.

The Bible is God talking to you personally, sharing with you that which is foremost on His mind. God expects you to read His Word daily that He may guide and fill you with His wisdom, knowledge, and leading.

What God Wants You to Know
There are many things God wants you to know, all of them designed to build and shape your faith and character, and mold you into the person He created you to be.

God wants you to know that He is the Creator of all things and that He is in control of all things: “You alone are the Lord. You have made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before You” (Nehemiah 9:6).

God wants you to know that He loves you and chose you to be His: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who … chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us” (Ephesians 1:3-5).

God wants you to know how to live properly: “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

God wants you to know how to act properly: “Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men” (Titus 3:1-2).

God wants you to know that He has a very special plan for your life: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will advise you with My eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).

And God wants you to know what the order of your life should be: “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Cling to the Word of God
You will get none of this from the media.

Yes, knowing what is happening in the world is important, and you should be shrewd regarding the ways of the world (Luke 16:8-9), but don’t be obsessed by these things.

Be careful what you fill your mind with. Be shrewd, but remember: the wisdom of this world is deeply flawed and can often be destructive.

Rather, in these troubling times, it is crucial that you fill yourself with God’s Word, that you cling to it as never before.

Consume it in great quantities as it will help you to “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

May God bless you richly in these tumultuous but exciting days!