Monday, August 21, 2006

A Godly Man is a Lover of the Word: Part Fourteen

A Godly Man is a Lover of the Word

by Thomas Watson

"O how love I your law." (Psa. 119:97)

Part B: A Godly Man Loves the Word Preached, Because of the Efficacy it has had upon Him

Application: Let us test by this characteristic whether we are godly: Are we lovers of the Word?

1. Do we love the Word written? What sums of money the martyrs gave for a few pages of the Bible! Do we make the Word our bosom friend? As Moses often had 'the rod of God' in his hand, so we should have 'the Book of God' in our hand. When we want direction, do we consult this sacred oracle? When we find corruptions strong, do we make use of this "sword of the Spirit" to hew them down? When we are disconsolate, do we go to this bottle of the water of life for comfort? Then we are lovers of the Word! But alas, how can they who are seldom conversant with the Scriptures say they love them? Their eyes begin to be sore when they look at a Bible. The two testaments are hung up like rusty armour which is seldom or never made use of. The Lord wrote the law with his own finger, but though God took pains to write, men will not take pains to read. They would rather look at a deck of cards than at a Bible.

---------

We might change the last sentence. Too often, we all would rather look at the television, the computer screen, the X box, a magazine. Too often, as Watson puts it, our eyes become sore when we look at the Bible. I think if we're honest with ourselves, we all know this to be true.

I think the saddest sentence is this: "The two testaments are hung up like rusty armour which is seldom or never made use of." This sentence makes me think of lip service. We say we love the Bible. We say it is precious to us. And yet, so many hang it up like proverbial armor instead of allowing it to be a shield against temptation and error. We are in a battle and we have a very fierce enemy. I am preaching to myself.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
Here is the application that Watson has been moving toward: preparation. Are we prepared? Am I prepared? We have been given what we need when we are tempted, despairing, in need of guidance, on the front line of battle. We have his Word. We have the Spirit to help us understand.

I talked with a dear friend this afternoon who is facing some very painful and heart wrenching challenges. She is getting through this very hard time by clinging to the Word of God. Thankfully, she knows it, she has memorized it, she has hidden it in her heart, and so now when she needs it most, she can gain comfort and wisdom from it. Her circumstances haven't changed, but she knows "this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." Her armor isn't hanging on the wall, rusting.

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.


Related Tags:

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home