The Impact of The Word of God
"...I have put my words in thy mouth, ..." (Isaiah 51:16)
"Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law;" (Isaiah 51:7)
If you keep the Word of God in your heart, the blessing flows from generation to generation. When we build a house, we want our children and children's children to benefit by it. But if you keep the Word of God in your heart and subject yourself to the commandments of God, the blessing flows to generations. Your house may fall; but the shelter you have built by obeying the Word of God, will never fall.
Abraham heard the Word of God. He came from a heathen home, but when God called him, he obeyed. One by one his heathen thoughts were replaced by God's thoughts. Abraham received the Word of God and built a home. That home was wonderful and has lasted to this day.
Four hundred years after him, Pharaoh wanted to make his children his slaves. God warned Pharaoh: "Be careful what you do with God's nation. If you persecute them, God will destroy your children. Your whole army will be destroyed." When a king loses his army what has he to lean on? Nothing.
Nebuchadnezzar wanted to put the Israelites into a hard grind: but he was just in some ways. God chose Nebuchadnezzar to teach obedience and discipline to the disobedient Israelites. God revealed this coming situation to Jeremiah. "I will teach you there. Now you are not teachable. In the land of Babylon you will be a superior nation," God said. God's revelations were the distinctive feature of Abraham's children. Their life was indeed better than the lives of those around them. God chose Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to prove the reality of God in Babylon. In fact the dictates of these men were obeyed by that kingdom. The thought of God was respected there. If you are a Christian, your superiors will respect you. If you are a daughter-in-law who loves the Lord, your mother-in-law will respect your word. If you are just an assistant in a school or college one day those at the top will respect you because the Lord is with you. When you are filled with the thoughts of God, you will be a leader wherever you are. St. Paul was in a big ship. He was a prisoner there. But he was guiding the captain. What did Paul know about astronomy and making decisions in guiding the ship? But what he said came to pass. In the beginning the captain did not heed his counsel. But at the end Paul's word became their guidance.
When you read the Bible in the morning are you reading it as a matter of routine? God likes to take away your thoughts and replace them with His thoughts. As you grow, you are filled with more of His thoughts. As a child you might take in five percent of the Word of God: but at fifteen years of age you will take in twenty percent. At the age of twenty-five you will have fifty percent of God's thoughts. The kings of Israel were ordered to copy the laws of God that they may know the Word of God. If the king of a country knows the Word of God and with that knowledge guides it, in a way that country will prosper. To Abraham, at the age of ninety-nine, God said, "Abraham, you are not filled hundred percent with my thoughts."