Loving God Through Honoring His Word | Bechukotai – WEEK 32
By Nathan Smith
We all love to hear the words “I love you.” In truth, everyone enjoys having kind words spoken to them and about them. However, the beauty of that language can quickly evaporate when there is no substance to go along with it. An example would be when a friend or relative tells us how much they value and appreciate us and yet never returns our calls, never does what they tell us they will do, or simply ignores us altogether. This would be a classic case of, “I can’t hear what you are saying because you are living so loud!” Words are only powerful when they are backed by truth and action.
God is no different. He inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3) and loves to hear us call upon His Name. However, when our actions do not substantiate the things we say, there is a disconnect. In this week’s Torah portion we are reminded that God has given us His Word so that we would know Him. Too often we look to the scriptures to give us wisdom, and keys to living (which is all fine and good), but neglect the fact that His Word is given to us to better understand and get to know Him! Yes, we will find so much life-giving, transformational help by reading and applying the truths of the scriptures, but the Bible was never written to be a self-help book. God is revealing His character to us so that when we come to parts of life that the Bible doesn’t give specific direction to, we can know the character of the One who gave us the scriptures and apply His character and what we know of Him to our circumstances. The bottom line is getting to know God, Himself, is the real reward of reading the Word. When we apply His words we are saying “we love you Lord” and are backing it up with action. As we come to know Him, we WANT to live according to His Word because we have come to know the author of love and see that His ways and thoughts are higher (Isaiah 55:8-9). It becomes clear we will be much better off living according to His truths and our motivation is not simply how it will benefit our lives but that we are getting closer to Him.
Invariably, we fail along the way because we are human. Thankfully, God reminds us that His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9) and that if we will repent He will forgive us and help us move forward with Him. We see this concept in several verses throughout this weeks portion. It is interesting to note that in Leviticus 26:40-42 God connects the people repenting with Him remembering His promise to them. There is a connection between repentance and remembrance.
It has been said before if you cut off a part of your body it has been ‘dismembered.’ Interestingly, if you reattach that limb you could say it has been ‘re-membered’. When we sin and live in rebellion against God’s Word, we separate ourselves from His blessings because God cannot bless disobedience. However, when we repent, we are ‘re-membered’ and are again connected to His promises as we are now living in accordance with His truth. God remembers His covenant of love towards us and no longer remembers our sin. This is why I love confession and I love repentance… which is a good thing, because I often need both!
God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and light for our path (Psalm 119:105). His truth leads us well. Bu know that the greatest place it leads us into is a loving, ongoing relationship with Him. Demonstrate your love for God today by walking according to His Words. Should you stumble, confess your sin and repent and He will re-member you and keep you connected to His heart and all the promises He has for you. God is for you today and so am I.
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About the Author
Nathan and his family live in the Charlotte, NC area. Nathan has served the Body of Christ in full-time ministry for nearly 20 years through church planting, worship leading, teaching and speaking. He carries an immense burden for Israel and the nations. Nathan has authored and published over 50 songs and currently serves as an Executive Pastor at The Refuge Church (therefuge.net). You can read more of his writings on his blog called #TheBestViewInTown at www.NathanWesleySmith.com.
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