Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
Psalms 1:1-3 NKJV
While navigating through life in this world, we find ourselves swarmed with tonnes of advice from self-help books, blogs, and seminars covering a myriad of subjects from relationships, work, managing stress to health. They dictate steps and methods to living the best life or producing the best results. However, they are usually unable to withstand the test of time. As long as we witness the constant technological, economic and social developments of our world, we will always see new research surfacing, old theories debunked and disagreements amongst field experts. Any advice or theories from the past might lose its relevance in the modern world, solely because it was based on the accumulated knowledge from that point in history. Such is the danger of consulting advice that does not bring God into the picture, or ‘the counsel of the ungodly’. Now I am not against such readings, as I read some of them myself, and have stumbled across some advice amongst the secular literature that has been adapted from the Bible. What I am acknowledging though, are the limitations of counsel that isn’t based on the word of God.
“All flesh is grass,
And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”
Isaiah 40:6-8 NKJV
Fortunately for me, the word of God transcends time. The word has existed before human intelligence, has withstood the test of time, and will still stand true regardless of the end of human intelligence.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.
Revelations 22:13 NKJV
This is possible because the entirety of the word of God points to Jesus and what He has finished on the cross; the old testament is the new testament concealed, and the new testament is the old testament revealed. I find this somewhat similar to the quantum theory of retrocausality, which suggests that a particle can run backward through time to the point where it is entangled and affect partner particle in the similar fashion. That is where the future can affect the past. While I am not a physicist, I know that God is the Alpha and the Omega, author of time, living both inside and outside of time.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
Additionally, the word of God is living and able to speak to any situation that I will ever encounter. I am able to apply the revelations I received through hearing or meditating on my life. The word has constantly proven its relevance to me despite being written so many years ago. This is a testament to the Holy Spirit inspiring the authors to write what they wrote in the Bible.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 14:26 NKJV
I am thus grateful to be under the new covenant because of what Jesus has done on the cross, through which I have received the Holy Spirit who teaches me all things, whether it is about health, work, finance, relationships or anything that needs to be learned. All I need to do is ask Him to teach me.
Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Proverbs 6:6 NKJV
Now, we have already witnessed how the Holy Spirit has many ways of teaching us, even through creation. As seen throughout history, we have picked up many lessons from nature and creation; from the engineering field of biomimicry, where we learned about aerodynamics through the laws of thrust and lift from the birds of the air, or learned architecture from botany and dendrology. I am not positioning myself against the literature available but am merely adopting a posture to dig deeper into each advice given and find out what the Bible has written about it. While having the academic knowledge of our natural world is important, I believe that we are not able to fully apply that understanding without complementing it with the written word.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you,’
and, In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Matthew 4:1-11 NKJV
It is thus important for me to understand the flow of wisdom in my life. Blessings always flow from the greater to the lesser. I must be careful in not using the written word to try to justify my actions, but rather let my actions be led from honouring the written word. A great parallel where I picked this up is from Jesus when Satan tempted Him and tested His identity. Being a believer does not mean we are free from temptations, instead, Jesus was led by the Spirit to be tempted, so that He could teach us how to deal with them and any situation we might ever face in life. Despite being the Son of God, Jesus did not quote anyone or anything else but what was written in God’s word. 3 times Satan tempted Jesus, even once with the written word, and 3 times Jesus replied with ‘It is written’. This example alone motivates me to meditate and feed on the truths hidden within the Bible every day, and doing so has proven to me that the Bible does indeed have answers that encompass every facet of life.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV
Looking at my life retrospectively, despite coming to such revelations at such a late age, being planted in New Creation Church, listening to Pastor Prince and my Godpa expound on the word of God has certainly allowed me to catch up with what God has been revealing to His people. I am eternally grateful for that. Now, whenever I am faced with a situation in life, I can go to the word of God, and confess that word over my situation. As part of my writing exercise, I’ll include verses in each post where applicable, as this reminds me to confess what the written word has said in regards to every matter. It is comforting to be able to rest on the fact that everything God has said about my life is far better than what I can ever think of or imagine.