“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?” (Psalm 50:15-16)
There is that. What happens when God’s words, the very things (okay Thing: His Word) He uses to reveal Himself to the heart and mind of anyone willing, gets treated as described in the next verse? “Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.” It would seem, following this line, that the problem is in the heart and mind of those using God’s word for personal gain. Whether it be to appropriate more and other than what God would lavishly provide or else to try and use God’s word against Him. Both of which’s bridges, I should add, are out.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22)
See!? See right there. It’s dangerous to play around with something so powerful as the Word of God. To treat it lightly and unmeditatively is supreme folly. The Word of God is that which we’ve been given to build our mind around. It really is that simple. And it’s not about a hard-and-fast iron-willed and unassailable unwillingness to budge from believing the world was made in six days. Because I feel that anyone looking in from without sees that as the beginning. And before I go any further, consider the fact that you have been re-created in Christ Jesus. Couldn’t have been re-created unless you were “created” in the first place. Anyways… When Jesus asks us to believe on Him, and we run into things that conflict, not with the world at large (that’s a given), but with our internal construct, i.e. the state of our heart with reference to Him, that’s where the real struggle begins. It’s also where the real daily battle centers.
“Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:8-9, 13, emphasis mine)
Building trusses, building trust
“Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” (Proverbs 1:23)
God’s words–the words spoken through the scribes who penned the letters–are how He has chosen to reveal Himself along with His Son. And because the Holy Spirit is an intangible-by-mere-human-means Individual, respect must be paid to both former auspices before receiving Him. This is the point. We as Christians don’t understand the atmosphere in which we walk around, by and large. No, syntax notwithstanding, it’s we don’t by-and-large understand. When we accept the Lord, the circuit (circumcision?) has been completed. All that God has wanted to do has been done in the heart of everyone who believes. The world. The words. Now this. Something altogether new and exciting and…inaccessible to the person who refuses to take God at His Word and subsequently walk in it. And the same rules apply to believer and non: Do as God says in His word and as He does by His Son. Any middle ground is neither here nor there. Paul speaking to the Galatians and their innate proclivity to turn from a fluid walking-by-faith to a more rule-based and legalistic way of doing things. A way that will end in shutting out the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit. He says:
“I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.” (Galatians 4:13-15)
It takes time and pain to work up from the mere words to the living out of that which the words point to. Know though, that God is carrying you every step of the way.
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall be my disciples.” (John 15:7-8)
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)