" How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your Word." Psalm 119:9
As a mother of four children one of my greatest desires was for my children to keep their way pure as I watched them grow into young adults. Psalm 119 was read often, because it gave the way to achieve this. It is a simple answer that applies no matter what age we are: We must live according the the Word of God.
The word of God is known as the gospel truth. The first four books of the New Testament are known as the gospels of Christ. Other definitions are naked truth — the whole truth. I knew from experience I needed a wisdom much greater than I possessed to guide and teach my children. God’s Word was established in our home as the gospel truth. It became our plumb line and reference point for decisions to be made day in and day out.
When they were young it was much easier. As they got older they, as I had, had to make those decisions on their own. We all failed at times and suffered the consequences. However, when the cross of Christ is our reference point we can always find our way back home to the Heavenly Father’s love. Through His Son’s sacrifice we find forgiveness and cleansing from all our failures, and we start over knowing this truth from His Word:
"His mercies are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness."
Perhaps you are a prodigal son or daughter this morning who hasn’t kept their way pure. Go to His gospel truth and read of the prodigal son’s journey. You will find a Father who runs to meet his broken son who was sorry for foolish decisions. He was completely restored into the family once again. (Read Luke 15:11-32)
Life is much better when we live according to His Word; simple obedience. His ways are perfect and much higher than ours. Jeremiah 10:23 states:
"O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself; nor is it in a man who walks to direct His steps."
May we as parents not send our children out into the world without the gospel truth to give then a reference point for keeping their way pure.
In His love.
Participated in the Mayberry Half Marathon in Mount Airy, NC yesterday. It is a great race, and they do a great job putting it on. I placed third in my age group. I ran with some outstanding 60+ year old ladies yesterday. I was thrilled to place at all. However the highlight for me was beating my time last year by almost 3 min. For those of us who are 60+ we know how difficult it is to actually improve. Just maintaining is a struggle. Very thankful for God’s grace and goodness in my life.