“But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.” (Gen. 25:22)
Ok Google! Hey Siri! We live in a time of modern convenience where even now as I type this message it is on an electronic device connected to the Internet. People inquire (to ask about; investigate; to put a question) of Google and Siri about a great many things. Who do we inquire of?
Rebekah had twins (Esau and Jacob) in her womb and as they struggled she went to inquire of the Lord about the matter. The Lord who sees all (Prov. 5:21) and knows all (Psalm 139) is the proper One to inquire of. God informs Rebekah about what is going on (cf. Gen. 25:23). We can always take God at His Word for He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). The same cannot be said about Google, Siri or any other of man’s devices (cf. Jer. 10:23; Prov. 14:12).
Let us make sure we are inquiring of the Lord about any matter we face. We do so through prayer and diligent study of His Word (cf. 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Thes. 5:17). Just look at the Christ and see how often He prayed as our perfect example (cf. Luke 3:21, Luke 6:12, Luke 9:18, Luke 9:28-29, Luke 11:1). Inquire of the Lord!
“Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature.” (1 Cor. 14:20)
God wants His children to excel in His knowledge. We must remember that He is the Great Giver of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom (Prov. 2:6). When we go to the well of God’s Word we will never come up empty. With all your getting, make sure you get an understanding (Prov. 4:7).
In fact, we should be maturing in understanding. There is a time for the milk as it nurtures growth (1 Pet. 2:2; cf. Ecc. 3:1). However, we should be ready and able to teach at some point. We should be off the bottle and onto solid food as we mature. The Hebrews were rebuked for staying children spiritually and encouraged to go on to perfection i.e., spiritual maturity (Heb. 5:11-6:3).
One thing we should be children (babes) in is malice (wickedness; evil; ill will). Let us leave that alone and occupy our time growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18)!
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Col. 3:2)
Whenever our minds get distracted with this world, we need to remind ourselves to elevate our thinking. Being bombarded with the news, social media, the Internet and other mass (and rapid) communication channels can easily cloud our thought process. All the more reason we must saturate our minds with God’s revealed mind: His Word. This is a daily task (cf. Acts 17:11).
God says keep thinking on those things which are above! That is what Christ did (cf. John 17) and that is what we must do also. Think on those things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Phil. 4:8) and then act (Phil. 4:9). We are what we think (cf. Prov. 23:7; Matt. 12:34-37; Luke 6:45).
Remember, good reader, elevate your thinking!
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)
When we open up our Bibles we are not viewing a dead letter. On the contrary, the Word of God is alive (1 Pet. 1:23)! His commands go out into the Earth and His Word runs very swiftly (Ps. 147:15). His Word never returns to Him void and it always prospers (Isa. 55:11).
Beyond that, God’s Word is energetic (powerful). We all understand the feeling of being drained. In our technology driven world we plug our devices in all the time to keep them charged. If we are feeling drained spiritually, then let us plug into the powerful Word of God daily (cf. Acts 17:11). Read, study, meditate, apply, and share (1 Tim. 4:13-16; 2 Tim. 2:15).
Let us have the high praises of God in our mouths and His two-edged sword (of the Spirit - which is the Word of God - Eph. 6:17) in our hands as we carry forth the blessed Gospel message (Ps. 149:6)!