We are made in the image of God with an inner desire for an authentic relationship with our maker
The sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He awakens me morning by morning He awakens m ear to listen like one being instructed. -Isaiah 50:4-
Rarely does my husband read the instruction manuals of the children’s toys. As I on the other hand am meticulous to follow each step in sequence until the assembly is complete and correct. It’s the classic tortoise verses the hare! Guess who gets it right at a slower pace and who “finishes” first, but has to u assemble and reassemble several of the most critical pieces. You guessed correctly the one who didn’t take time or interest to understand the instruction manual really finishes last. Fortunately, our Heavenly Father has given us Him promises and commands as explained in the Bible to protect us from ourselves, so we can enjoy life as He intended us to.
Scripture is primarily about our need for a Savior. With an other worldly elegance it describes the nature of God and the loving salvation hHe provides for the pinnacle of His creation: Human beings. We are made in the image of God with an inner desire for an authentic relationship with our Maker. Within this personalized love letter on how to live and die are the Lord’s promises and commands that define our purpose, give moral courage and teach wise ways to live life.
“Show me your ways, Lord teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” -Psalm 35:4-5-
Imagine if we could understand what the Bible is at a young age and live in the way it describes. The possibilities would be endless.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” -Hebrews 10:23-
What are some of the Lord’s promises for His people? Psalm 19:8-11 paints a beautiful portrait of some of the promises of God:
Refreshes the soul, like cold sweet tea to a sweltering body, so the Bible instructs with an instant infusion of hope and comfort to a fatigued faith.
Gives wisdom to know reality of what is God’s best in the middle of an array of good options. Wisdom is mental confidence to move forward to total trust of the Spirit’s leading.
Rejoices the heart, indeed music to the heart in the lyrics of the Lord’s gentle voice. Joy found in Jesus is a necessity to be including life’s backpack of resources to finish well providing stamina for life’s journey.
All of them just, a promise of God may not make sense or even seem fair at the onset, but in time we are able to see the justice of doing the next right thing. We can only change ourselves and trust God to mold and manage other’s hearts. God’s promises have His 100% guarantee.
“Yet you are near, Lord, and all you commands are true.” -Psalm 119:151-
What is the nature of God’s commands for His children?
God’s commands are true because they ate based on the trustworthiness of our ever faithful Heavenly Father. He is never changing and always available for us to access His grace, mercy, love and forgiveness.
God’s commands invite obedience. Our obedience to Christ’s commands are a clear indicator of our love for Him. -John 14:15-24-
God’s commands lead us in God’s will. When we do what our Heavenly Father desires, we are able to experience His best. -Psalm 40:8- His commands are not burdensome but uplifting.
“This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for every one born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. -John￼ 5:2-4-