“Those who love Your law have great peace,
And nothing causes them to stumble.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such strong faith that nothing could cause you to stumble? How I long for such an incredibly deep belief about God’s goodness that nothing the devil throws at me would cause me to struggle with keeping my peace.
Faith that produces such great peace does not come over night. Faith like that is grown. The first half of Psalm 119:165 says that those who love God’s law have great peace. We gain such great peace by loving the written Word of God. In order to love God’s law, we have to know God’s law, and the only way to know it is to read it.
The Bible contains every single thing we could possibly need to know about God’s goodness and some. Yet, so many of us sit in confusion and stumble every time we encounter a bump in the road of life. Why? Because we haven’t spent the time building our knowledge base about who God is. Knowing just one or two coffee mug worthy verses isn’t going to keep us at peace when the ground beneath our feet quakes. We need to know who God is from creation to Revelation. Strong faith is grown by hearing the Word of God.
Yes, faith is about believing in things we can not see, but that doesn’t mean the things we can see are of no value. In fact, they are of great value because everything on this earth points to the goodness and greatness of God. All of creation reflects His glory. The Bible is a physical item that was breathed out by God. 2 Timothy 3:17 says that the Word of God is used to complete us. We can not be complete without God’s word!
The New Living Translation version of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 explains the use of scripture in a great way. It says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
Scripture teaches us what is true, and when we know the truth we can examine every aspect of our lives in the light of the truth. When we know the truth, we can be prepared and equipped.
God did not leave us to our own devices when it comes to growing faith. He left us with an incredible resource. Hebrews 4:12-13 says that the Word of God is living and active and that it works in us to discern our thoughts and intentions. The Word of God will expose where our faith is lacking. We can use this revelation of weakness to seek God’s help in strengthening us. With His help, when mountains rise up against us we will be able to maintain our peace and speak the truth, which will cause our faith to grow, which will give us power to make those mountains move! Matthew 17:20 says that we can move mountains with faith the size of a mustard seed. Even a tiny amount of faith is powerful!
I do not know about you, but I want to be able to maintain my peace and make the devil move out of my way when trials come. If we look to Jesus’ example, knowing the written Word is the best defense against the devil. Knowing God’s Word will give us peace and keep us from stumbling. I pray we all make it a priority to invest time and effort into knowing what is written.
All is grace and all need grace, friends.