The other day I was filming a course at the Institute for Environmental Education (one of my new jobs) that was all about Fall Protection procedures and regulations that OSHA and other State and Federal Agencies require people who work on construction sites to adhere to. These procedures and regulations are put in place in order to protect workers from the many dangers on all different types of construction sites that can lead to falling.
As I was sitting in that course hearing about all the dangers that can exist in a work area, and all the specific procedures that have been set up to protect workers, I couldn’t help but think about God’s Word. I highly doubt that is what the instructor was trying to communicate through his presentation, but that is where my mind went while listening (good thing I was not actually taking the class in order to pass the test).
What came to my mind is the simple truth that we as Followers of Christ have God’s Word…the literal words of God that he used different people to write down so we would have his words (2 Peter 1:20-21)…to help us in and through this life. We have God’s Word to help us know how to live for him, what he wants us to do, what we need to avoid, and how he wants us to react and respond on a daily basis.
We as Followers of Christ NEED to know and obey what God says, so that we know how to live and follow him in the midst of this world, which can so easily draw us away from God. As Ephesians 6 tells us, we are ultimately in a spiritual battle in this life; our struggles in this life are more a part of that spiritual battle than simple a struggle against this world and the things or people in this world (Ephesians 6:12).
The purpose of the work procedures put in place at work sites is to protect the workers. When they are protected, they can get their work done well and not be at a high risk of hurting themselves. When workers don’t follow the procedures, they put themselves at greater risk. They are ignoring the rules that are there for their own protection.
God’s Word does that for those who are his followers. It protects us, guides us, and leads us…and when we ignore it, we ignore what God has laid out and given to us that is for our help and protection. When we don’t follow what God’s Word says to us, we put ourselves at greater risk for walking away from God and our faith and giving into sin in this world.
May we as Followers of Christ read, know, and apply God’s Word in our daily lives!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment[c] to your bones. (Proverbs 3:5-8)
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:9-11)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son (2 John 1:9)
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do…If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16-17, 25)
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins (2 Peter 1:3-9)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:16-17)