Devotional Thought 78: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Heaven and Earth may pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

(Matthew 24:35)

While Jesus is in Gennesaret with His disciples, bringing the Kingdom, the Pharisees come from Jerusalem to start trouble (as usual). This time, they decide to ridicule Jesus by finding fault in His disciples for not adhering to the religious traditions of the elders. Big mistake. Jesus responds to their hypocrisy by showing them the depth of their foolishness, disregarding God’s perfect Word for their own traditions and religion. They chose to honor and worship the rules of men more than the Word of God! The Pharisees tried to find fault in the Son of God. Instead, He found fault in them.

As a ministry major at a Christian university, I take a lot of classes that deal with Scripture, other religions, and how we should view things from different perspectives. Sounds fun, right? Turns out, there are so many people in the world, like the Pharisees, who think they know the Lord so well and have such a good grasp on God, they are able to add to and correct His Word! And many of them are my classmates and professors. How prideful and foolish we are if we think we have enough wisdom and knowledge to update the Rock of the ages, the Eternal One.

In Proverbs 30, a man named Agur kneels before God and confesses that he knows nothing, especially not the mysteries of the Holy One! Who can? He established the universe, gathers the wind and water in the clouds, ascends and descends from Heaven to Earth! He ends by declaring this inspired truth: “Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)

  • Church, what’s it gonna be? Will we be like the Pharisees, leaning on our own understanding, or like Agur, trusting the Lord with our whole heart and confessing just how little we know? His counsel stands forever, no matter the generation or culture (Psalm 33:10-11), He is the same from eternity to eternity (Hebrews 13:8), and His Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12)! Oh how the enemy tries to attack and dismantle the truth of Scripture, even through the well-meaning! For thousands of years he has attempted to disprove, undermine, and bring into question the perfection and authority of God’s Word, and he’s continued to deceive and lead many astray. But our weapons are strong in Christ for tearing down his strongholds, coming against all of culture’s “wisdom” that says His Word must be revised and corrected to stand for the truth (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).

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