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by Chad Ramsey
There are many false ideas in
existence about God’s Word. For
example, some people argue God’s
Word is too difficult for man to
understand. Others argue that while
the demands of God can be understood, they are simply
too challenging. For those interested in religious matters,
these ideas deserve an examination. So is God’s Word
too difficult to understand? Or is God’s Word too
challenging for man to obey?
The psalmist provided an answer to both of these
questions when he wrote: “Give me understanding, and I
shall keep Your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my
whole heart” (Psalm 119:34). From this verse, we notice
that man does have the ability to understand God’s Word.
Otherwise, the request, “Give me understanding,” would
be meaningless. We must likewise not forget that Jesus
taught that we “shall know the truth” (John 8:32), and that
Paul admonished the Ephesians: “Therefore do not be
unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is”
(Ephesians 5:17). If man has the ability to communicate a
message in a way that it can be understood, surely God,
the creator of mankind, can communicate His message in
an intelligible manner as well.
We must also notice that the psalmist confidently
affirmed: “I shall keep Your law,” and “I shall observe it
with my whole heart.” If the psalmist had the ability to be
obedient to God’s Word, we too have that ability. Does
that mean that it is always easy to do what God says?
Obviously not. But the difficulty of obeying God’s
message is lessened when we seek God with all of our
being. It is not enough to outwardly claim to follow God;
we must seek to be obedient, like the psalmist, with all of
our heart. Jesus taught man to love God with all the heart,
soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37). If we do, we will
certainly observe His commands.
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