Bible Ballistics: BBs #248 What Do You Desire/Long For???
We all have “longings” or “desires”, whether they are for people, places, things or inanimate ideas or accomplishments. But what are we doing about our longings? Are they what we really need to be focusing on? Or have we allowed the world to skew our view? Let’s take a look at the Word for a few minutes today and see what God calls us to:
“Wherefore laying aside
and all guile,
and all evil speakings,
2 As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby: ” 1 Peter 2:1-5
God reminds us that there are some things we are to lay aside—things we are to avoid being, doing and/or participating in. We are God’s own, transformed by the power of the cross, and the blood of Jesus Christ, and we are transformed to reflect the glory of our God and King!
But how do we do all that? We must cultivate godly longings and desires. Peter calls the recipients of his letter, and us as well, to put away the evil things of this world but not just to put away evil things; he calls us to desire and long for the “Word of God”, the Bible!! We are to long for the “sincere milk of the word” because it is the source of our spiritual growth, maturity and usefulness to God.
Paul also wrote about this necessary discipline:
to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings:
for they will increase
unto more ungodliness.” 2 Timothy 2:15
We are to study God’s Word so that we can “rightly” divide the Word; implying that there is a “wrong” way to divide God’s Word. We are inundated on every hand with false claims and teachings, and if we haven’t studied the Word of God for ourselves we may not recognize the error, the “profane and vain babblings” that people offer up as truth! And Paul tells us that these false teachings are a danger because “they will increase unto more ungodliness”, and my friends we are seeing this all around us and even in the church today!
Paul also assures us that God’s Word is dependable for the task, and adequate to produce results in our lives.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable
for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God
may be perfect,
unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“ALL” scripture is profitable to us, but not just sitting on a shelf or a table to display our allegiance to it, but the reading and studying of it regularly, diligently and with integrity to allow the Word to say what it says, and then to apply it’s message to our lives. That we could join the Psalmist and ask for God’s provision to:
“Order my steps in thy word:
and let not any iniquity
have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133
So, what are we longing for? Are we longing for the Word of God and growing by its power, or are we so caught up in the world’s distractions that we are living in negligence or outright opposition to God and HIS Word? May God speak to each of us today as we ponder on HIS Word and commit ourselves to seek His face and His good work and will in our lives?
“He that diligently seeketh good
but he that seeketh mischief,
it shall come unto him.” Proverbs 11:27
The choice is yours, as Paul reminds us:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
What crop is coming your way?