THE ONE THING GOD HONORS ABOVE HIS OWN NAME
God’s law is immutable; that is, it is fixed and unchangeable. Being perfect, it cannot be improved upon (James 1:25). It is as true today as it was yesterday and it will be as true tomorrow as it is today. As the Psalmist said, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (Psalm 119:160).
Although today’s sophisticated world believes it has grown beyond the “antiquated” teachings of the Scripture, it is indubitably proven wrong by the myriad of calamities it suffers as a consequence of ignoring the Scripture’s commandments and being ignorant of its content. For instance, consider the following example of this undeniable truth.
Before Bible reading and prayer were expelled from our public schools, the following problems were sited by teachers as the leading discipline problems with their students: (1) talking (2) chewing gum (3) making noise (4) running in the halls (5) getting out of place in line (6) wearing improper clothing, and (7) not putting paper in the waste basket. Today, however, teachers are concerned with things like: (1) school shootings (2) assault and battery (3) teen pregnancy (4) sexually transmitted diseases (5) substance abuse, and (6) teen suicide. It’s safe to say that one thing today’s America is definitely not learning from its public schools is that our spurning of the Scripture is ruinous to our society.
The ancient Prophet Isaiah wrote, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8). The Apostle Peter echoed the Prophet Isaiah in declaring that the Gospel we preach and by which men are saved is an “incorruptible seed” that lives, abides and endures forever (1 Peter 1:23-25). Likewise, the Psalmist declares the Word of God to be “pure” (tried and true) and “forever…settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89, 140). Aren’t you glad that in today’s world of chaos and uncertainty there is one thing you can always be sure and certain about; namely, the Word of God?
How sure can we be of what God has said? According to Psalm 138:2, absolutely sure! In one of the most incredible verses in the Bible, the Psalmist declares that God “has magnified [His] word above all [His] name.” In other words, God says He’ll step down as God if he ever fails to do anything that He has said. No wonder Jeremiah the prophet taught that God is always “watching to see that [His] word is fulfilled” (Jeremiah 1:12 NIV).
For the life of me, I can’t understand the embarrassment of contemporary Christians over the Bible. Why should we run from the rock solid foundation it provides for our lives and homes into the arms of a politically correct society with a foundation of sand that is as wishy-washy as the latest fickle public opinion poll? if you ask me, we should be proudly and loudly proclaiming the Bible’s immutable truths to a world that is drowning in the quicksand of relativism.
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
You, who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?