Driving home from Wallingford to Didcot, I was enjoying the summer breeze when I spotted a police car in the distance driving past. As I saw the car, my instant reaction was to check my speed to ensure I was within the limits. After he drove past, I reflected on why I suddenly reacted that way although I wasn’t speeding. Just the sight of the car was enough to call my attention to order.
As Christians living in a fallen world, we could sometimes drift into going with the flow of life and following the ways and trends of the world. But as we spend time in God’s word, we are reminded of the manner of life we should be living. We are reminded to be patient with others, loving to others, to be kind and generous people who live an honourable life with self-control and integrity. God’s Word is the call to order and a reminder of our true identity and the hope we have in Christ Jesus. It is in His Word that we are able to navigate our way through this dark and sinful world. “Your word is a lamp to my feetand a light to my path” Psalm 119:105. It is in His Word that we are able to slow down and check whether we are within His truth or not. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16.
In your busy lives, I would encourage you to take a moment, spend time in God’s word and allow it to shape you, mould you and influence your outlook in life. Where the word encourages you, receive it with joy and build your faith with it. Where the word convicts you, don’t fight it or excuse it, just allow it to bring you to a place of repentance and receiving of God’s mercy.
Reflecting on my reaction, I realised that it is better to snap out of my comfort and ensure I am in order than to be wilfully oblivious to it. It is also better to feel a comfort and a conviction in God’s Word than to feel no sense of it at all. If there is a reaction and a response from God’s Word, then we are assured of the Holy Spirit’s work in us.