The Mustard Seed – May 12, 2022 (132/365)

The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.

Psalms 12:6

In terms of purity, we can say that you couldn’t get any more pure than the words that come from God. Considering that He is infinite, we are in no position to question the validity and/or purity of what He has to say.

I could end thinking about it right there, but I dare say that words of God are THAT pure, that we could question their validity and purity all we want… because no matter how we respond – whether in belief or unbelief – they’re pure, just as God Himself is pure. Beyond our own ideas and perspectives of pure, He IS pure. There is no further purifying or refining needed.

We consider His words, and we wonder how we could even talk, knowing that there’s always going to be some sort of flaw in our words, in one form or the other. It’s important for us to understand that, for in the process we understand the impurity we live with in this reality, putting us in our place before our Creator and His perfection beyond what our reality could contain.

Praise the LORD!

Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,

who greatly delights in his commandments!

Psalms 112:1

That’s a point I want to share as we go through the word today – the point that our infinite God couldn’t possibly be fully comprehended by finite Creation. We would literally die trying to contain an eternal Creator within the confines of time and space.

This is why I think the next best thing, the only best way for us to respond is to fear Him – and this does not mean to look at Him in terror, but to recognize Him for who He says He is. To fear the Lord is to consider that He truly is who He says He is, because in the process I dare say it is guaranteed that we would respond in awe, in genuine worship. We delight in Him, we delight in His commandment as He has given to us through Christ and His finished work.

In fact, it’s no real pressure at all in our part, to obey the commandment Christ has demonstrated and passed on to us. For if we come to believing that God is all powerful AND all loving to us, there is a significantly great chance that we would also be so willing to obey what He has to say, especially if it is in the lines of loving others from the basis of God’s love for us.

So there isn’t much effort, but instead there is much sincerity when we say that we delight in His commandment. For, indeed, we appreciate how God loves us, and in our appreciation we understand how we could love others with peace and power.

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,

but he who hates reproof is stupid.

Proverbs 12:1

And clearly, when we do love each other, and when we say we ought to understand God’s love, it’s certainly not going to be the case, that it’s going to be all pleasant. Sure as we suffer the consequence of the mere presence of sin in this reality (whether it be our sin or the sin of others), we can expect that things aren’t necessarily always going to go how we want them to go. It’s in these times that we are faced with discipline and reproof.

Christ Himself had to do a lot of rebuking – whether it be Judas, Peter, or the Pharisees, He did not spare His words, but in spite of his being this straightforward, we have to understand that He was disciplining them, and He was doing it out of a heart that loves Him. After all, open rebuke truly is better than hidden love.

It’s certainly my prayer for us and all who have yet to believe to keep taking in the power and peace that our God has. And as we understand what He has done, it’s natural that we would either overflow in praise, or stay steadfast in our trust in Him.

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.

Proverbs 12:19-20

The longer we go down the line of living with Christ, and Him living with us, our beings would be more and more exposed and saturated to the Truth and Peace that only He could provide. We understand that He is the Truth that accompanies all the words that come out of our mouths, and even if anything and everything we say may be forgotten by human minds, they certainly would stand through time, until the end of time, and beyond.

That was all a mouthful, and I’m not so sure I made any sense there, but let me make up with this: The phrase ‘plan peace’ caught my attention. I like to say we have peace no matter what happens to us, but apparently, we can also approach or utilize peace by way of making things happen. This means that in either situation, we can have peace, before, during, or after anything happens.

As we continue down the second half of this week, it is my prayer that the Lord would minister to whoever reads this by way of giving him or her time to take in the Truth of Christ and His finished work… I mean, look at all the benefits to be had. It’s not about joining a Church, nor is it saying a prayer or doing any or all of the rituals. We aren’t selling a product here either.

Take a moment to take in the Truth that God is who He says He is; beyond what religion would shove down your throat, it’s a Truth that is truly the beginning of wisdom.

God bless us all.

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