Know God Through His WordPsalm 119:33
2016 - Non-Series Sermons
Dr. Steven Smith
January 10, 2016
God is inviting us to sit at His feet by spending more time in His word this year. We all long to grow in our faithfulness as Christian parents, spouses, witnesses, employees, and church members; this type of faithfulness is caused by receiving the instruction of God. In the words of Psalm 1, the tree that “yields its fruit in its season” is the one that finds “his delight in the law of the Lord.” Joshua 1 teaches the same thing: If you want to “have good success wherever you go,” then you must “meditate on it [God’s word] day and night.” The Spirit of God works through the word of God to nurture and cultivate the people of God. You cannot expect a tree to grow and bear fruit if you refuse to supply sunlight, water, and nutrients, and you cannot expect to grow and bear fruit as a believer without supplying the nutrients of God’s word. Whether you have an obedience problem, a joy problem, or a contentment problem, victory is found in delighting in God through His word.
I want to challenge each of you to make specific Bible intake goals for yourself this year. How can you grow in sitting at God’s feet in 2016? You may increase the amount of time you spend reading large portions of Scripture this year. You may increase the amount of time you spend meditating on smaller portions of Scripture. You may consider what God would have you give up this year so that you can spend more time in God’s word. Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” Your sanctification is fueled by God’s word. Consider these words of Charles Spurgeon:
“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them . . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord.”
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