A righteous man and the word of god.
When it comes to being equipped with God's Word, what should the righteous do? How important is God's Word in the life of a believer?
We will heavily rely on Psalms 119 in this study.
1. A righteous man hides God's Word in his heart.
The Psalmist in Psalms 119: 11 says that he has hidden the Word of God in his heart so as not to go against God.
It is the heart that we ought to guard with all diligence and there is no better way to do it than to hide God's Word there. In so doing, we will not have any room for unrighteous behaviour.
2. A righteous man delights in reading and studying God's Word.
The Psalmist in Psalms 119:16 says that he will delight in God's statutes and never forget His Word.
When it comes to God's Word we should:
1. Listen to it.
2. Read it
3. Memorize it
4. Study it
5. Meditate on it day and night.
Jer 15:16 "Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts."
Jeremiah talks of eating God's Word literally in the above scripture. We ought to hunger for the Word and feed on it the same way we yearn for food.
3. A righteous man trusts in God's word
The Word of God in Jer 17:5 says that cursed is he who trusts in man, he that draws strength from mere flesh. A righteous man trusts in God's word. The answer to all there is in this life is in God's word.
How many of us have been shamed for trusting in men? Sometimes we miss our rightful blessings because of believing in what humans have to offer.
Psalms 119: 42 "then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word."
Psalms 119: 116 "Uphold me according to your Word that i may live and let me not be ashamed of my hope."
God allows His righteous to face or go through hard situations/times for various reasons:
1. To reveal something about your character. God searches the heart. He knows everything about you. He knows things you are yet to discover about yourself and wants to reveal them to you.
Are you fixed on Him fully or on human beings?
2. To determine the level of commitment to the Lord. Will hardships push you away from God or are you going to remain the same?
3. Hardships play a big positive role on your spiritual growth.
We are supposed to grow more in the things of the spirit and the Kingdom when going through tough times.
4. Hardships either draw us closer to God or further away from Him.
The choice is in your hands what to take out of a bad experience.
5. Hardships also indicate whether you are doing something right or wrong.
6. Sometimes we have to go through hardships so that our enemies are revealed unto us.
There are people that you keep close, whose true intentions you don't know.
It is at this point that God reveals their true characters to you so that you would truly know them.
7. Hard situations/times/people either strengthen or weaken you.
It is upon you to chose what to take from a difficult place.
8. Hardships etermine the type of people you attract.
There are people in your life who are not meant to be there.
Hard situations reveal those who are truly meant to stay.
9. Hardships determine what responsibilities you will be given.
Some responsibilities require thick skin. It is hard situations that determine what responsibilities you can handle.
What matters is having our trust fully in God's Word no matter what challenges we may face.
4. A righteous man keeps God's Word.
After receiving God's Word, a righteous keeps it to apply it in his/her situations.
This calls for us to be doers of His Word not just hearers.
Psalms 119:67 'Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.'
5. A righteous man hopes in God's Word.
The Psalmist in Psalms 119:81 makes this statement "My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word."
David was all weary in the wilderness as he longed to be saved.
He had his hope in God's Word.
We are reminded to always hope in the true Word of God.
It is because of hoping in God's Word that David actually slayed bears, lions and Israel's enemy, Goliath.
6. A righteous man takes Gods Word as his guide for living.
Psalms 119:105 "your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."
God's Word is the manual of this life for everyone who seeks righteousness.
In everything; our thoughts, how we conduct ourselves, our actions etc, we need to rely on God's Word to guide our ways.
How many believers in churches today live outside God's will because they don't allow the Word to light up their paths?
God is not a respector of any persons. For those who have lost their way in the journey of faith, it is time to go back to the crossroads.