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Standing on the Word

Standing On the Word
written by Kevin Ott
It feels good to stand on something firm and reliable–something you know won’t collapse or tip over when you put your weight on it. When my daughter Lucy was younger, we would go to the beach. But she would refuse to step out onto the pier. (I would end up carrying her.) The sight of the waves crashing against the pier’s wooden pillars and the visibility of the cracks between each plank of wood (which made her think she might fall through), was too much for her. It didn’t look reliable to her. It didn’t seem like a firm foundation. (And I don’t blame her, considering how those things look to someone at that age.) Of course, if she would’ve walked on it, she would have been fine, but it was hard to convince her because her eyes told her a different story. Kids aren’t the only ones with this problem. We often trust the story being told to our eyes more than trusting what the Word has said. We immerse ourselves in the circumstances and experiences of day-to-day life and look to those things as the true barometer of our condition. Instead, the Lord calls us to immerse ourselves in the Word on a daily basis until it becomes the authority that stabilizes us. At that point, the Word anchors us and holds our minds and hearts still even as daily life shakes and spins around us. Life can be extremely difficult and unpredictable at times, and the pain can be impossible to ignore. But we have an unshakable foundation in God’s Word. Our task today is to simply spend time in His Word, either reading it or meditating on verses we know by heart, until we’ve come to rest our weight on it. It can take time and diligent patience to absorb the Word when you’re reading it, but it’s worth the effort. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:1-2, NIV).

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