by Rev Jason Phua
Bible Readings: Nehemiah 12:27-13:31; Proverbs 21:17-18
READ (Verses chosen for reflection)
Nehemiah 13:3 “As soon as the people heard the law, they separated from Israel all those of foreign descent”
God’s instructions were given a long time ago, that Israel shall not associate themselves with the Ammonites and Moabites. This was because they had turn themselves to be enemies of the Lord by having sought evil to curse His people. It was the Lord that turned such a curse into blessing (ref: Neh 13:2). Yet God’s people were blinded to His instructions and such a mighty act of protection. If not for the reading of the law and hence the Word of God, God’s people will continue to be blind and lead their lives in sin. How important than is the Word of God for those who believe.
The reading, reflection and application of God’s Word is the lifeblood of the Christian life. Yet I have on occasions chose to live in blindness than to allow God’s Word to be His lamp unto my feet. There were even times when I could be reading God’s Word but allowed myself to be distracted by cares of the day.
As Israel’s eyes were opened through the read of the law; so the daily nourishment of the Word is important to me. It is important to me not just as a pastor but as a husband to my wife, father to my children and human being living among others in a sinful world. Only in reflection and obedience to the Word, can our salvation be worked out in worship of the Father. Obedience is usually painful to the flesh; but God gives grace for us to obey in the Spirit. The Christian life can only be properly nurtured upon such tensions; for we are naturally opposed to God but is reconciled through the blood of His only begotten Son.
May the Lord help me to read, reflect and apply His Word on a daily basis, not grudgingly, but in joy and worship of the King. Amen.