Proverbs – News From The Source – Part 21-C
Attend to my words…
“Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” Proverbs 4:21-22
The importance of putting and keeping the Word of God first place in our hearts and in our mouths cannot be over emphasized. Jesus made it the central focus of His ministry.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15
That is a fundamental statement for our obedience to God. Love of God is not merely verbal expressions of adoration and praise. If those are not accompanied by the doing of His Word it is tantamount to not loving Him at all. And that is the first and greatest commandment of all.
“Teacher, which isthe great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lordyour God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is thefirst and great commandment.” Matthew 22:36-38
“And the second, like it, is this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
Tied to the commandment to love God is the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is similar in significance to God’s commandment to give Tithes and offerings so as not to rob Him. We are to do not just one but both.
The question then is clear, does God need my love to fulfill some unmet yearning in His heart, or does He need me to love my neighbor to gain some personal benefit to Himslef? Does He need my tithes and my offerings to meet an inadequacy in His possessions?
Obviously not, so why are we commanded to do these things? First as beings created in the image and likeness of God we have the capacity to love. Indeed we have a need for love because without it we are incomplete in our humanity. God is love, so we are made of the substance of love. It’s imprinted on our DNA to desire, to give and to receive love. God’s gives His love to us and we receive it and then love Him in return. This is the good and created order of things. Love needs an object to whom it can give itself in order to be fulfilled.
Love without a person to which it can express itself is the ultimate condition of loneliness, emptiness and vanity. Love turned on itself becomes narcissism which ultimately leads to self-destruction.
We need to love God for our benefit. We also need to love our neighbor to fulfill in them their inadequacy of aloneness, as they, in turn, fulfill in us that sense of inadequacy which longs for companionship. This is why Jesus commanded us to love one another.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” John 13:34
Now this commandment is new because it is directed particularly to those of the household of faith, the body of Christ, the fellowship of believers who are the Church of Jesus Christ.
As believers we know and trust in the Word of God. Having values and actions of faith in kind we can share true love with one another in relation to God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that binds us together in one. We all serve one Lord, one faith one baptism.
“…yet for us there isone God, the Father, of whom areall things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom areall things, and through whom we live.1 Corinthians 8:6
“There isone body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who isabove all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6
The more we know of God’s Word and the more we act on it, the more we learn of ourselves, who we are, why we are here, what is our calling, our purpose, our relationship to one another and to God our Father, to the end that we will find fulfillment in life and empowerment to be God’s witnesses to the world in fulfillment of the great commission.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20
The pursuit of the Word and keeping it as the top priority in our lives is a force for keeping and maintaining good spiritual, mental and physical health. The Word of God to us who believe is life and health indeed. We feed the body with natural food for good nutrition and wellness but the flesh, both the body and the mind needs the food that only the Word of God can provide in order to keep it vigorous, healthy and full of life.
A well balanced diet of the Word consists of reading and meditating in the commandments, the promises and the prophecies of God. Doing the commandments is our expression of Love to the Father. Remembering His promises anchors our souls to confidence in His care and provision for us.
“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?” Luke 12:27-28
And finally knowing and meditating on the prophecies gives us hope and confidence for the future.
Therefore, we are confident in His love for us. We are not anxious for anything but in all things we commit our selves to God in prayer and He answers and fulfills all our needs and gives us the desires of our hearts according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus and He keeps us in perfect peace because our minds are fixed and settled on Him.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring itto pass.” Psalm 37:4-5
"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:19-20
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:3-4