“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” – Proverbs 30:5-6

We hear speeches and listen to opinions. And we wonder what is true and trustworthy. Looking back, we realize how many conclusions from the past have proven wrong. But God’s Word is different. His Word is pure. Not some of it, but “every word.” There are no flaws. It is not impacted by world events, and it is eternally true – true for every person at every stage of life. His Word is packed with unshakable and tested principles. In this context, God promises to be our shield and protector. But there are qualifications. This promise is null and void if we don’t trust Him. If we violate the principles in His Word, if we don’t focus on Him, or seek to live in harmony with Him, the promise will not hold. We also are warned not to add to His words or develop our own interpretations. This also helps us realize our responsibility. It is possible to interpret God’s Word to conform to our personal interests or provide an interpretation that makes sense to us. To receive the benefit of God’s promises, we need to do things His way. We cannot dilute the purity of His Word through our own subjective opinions. Today, base your life on God’s Word. Read and study the Word. Stand on His promises. Ask Him to open your eyes and give you understanding. Remember, His Word is pure.

Read: Proverbs 30

Critical Spirit

 “When the sons of Israel heard about it, the entire congregation of the sons of Israel assembled at Shiloh to go up against them in battle.” – Joshua 22:12

After forty years in the wilderness, the Israelites finally approached the Promised Land. But two and a half of the tribes asked to stay on the east of the Jordan. Moses agreed, provided they helped other tribes in their conquests. After these promises had been fulfilled, Joshua allowed them to return to these lands. Everything seemed fine until it became known that the returning tribes had built an altar east of the Jordan. The other tribes became so concerned that they prepared for war, accusing the two and a half tribes of committing an “unfaithful act” (v. 16). Tragedy was avoided when these eastern tribes explained that they were not being unfaithful. The altar was just a witness to remind future generations of the true God. How easy it can be to act like the accusing tribes, to rush to judgment, and to criticize without knowing the facts. To prevent disputes like these, Jesus said that we were to make every effort to solve conflicts in private. We should address issues in public only after private options have been exhausted (Matthew 18:15-18). Today, seek to learn from the conflict between the Israelites. Follow the teaching of Jesus. Before you rush to judgment, be sure to learn the facts. If you have questions, don’t assume the worst but seek to know the truth. And remember, those who are merciful will obtain mercy (Matthew 5:7).

Read: Joshua 22