Friday, September 5, 2014

These Words, Which He Commands

It is well when the Word of God governs my personal life. It should control my body with its members and passions.It should solve the puzzling questions of my intellect. It should answer the indictment, and allay the fears of my conscience. It should fill my imagination with pure and inspiring pictures. It should make my will the happy bond-servant of Christ. It should satisfy the cravings of my heart for the perfect and eternal love.

And it is well when the Word of God governs my home life. When I teach it to the children, when I talk of it sitting in the house and walking by the way, lying down and rising up, I am giving them   the sublimest theme for meditation,   the best rule of conduct,   the strongest safeguard against evil,   the passport to the family of the Lord and the city of the eternal King. I am rendering them the most noble service conceivable!

And it is well when the Word of God governs my social life. Let it be written on the posts of my house and on my gates. Then my neighbors will know where I stand, and whom I serve. They will not come to me to talk gossip and scandal, and to whisper away the good name of others with idle tongues. They will not wish me to be a partner with them in any evil work. They will be drawn rather towards the Book and towards the Lord.

In my personal history, in the relationships of my home, in my social fellowship may God rule through His Word, with an undisputed scepter and a gracious tyranny!

[Alexander Smellie]

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 ... And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Deuteronomy 12:28 ... Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God.
Luke 4:4 ... And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.