Sunday, December 28, 2014
God's Word Is Practical
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psa. 119:105).
"It is to be duly observed that the above verse plainly intimates that God has placed His Word in our hands for an intensely practical purpose, namely, for the directing of our walk, the regulating of our deportment. This at once shows us what is to be the first and principal use we are to make of this Divine gift. It would do a traveler little good to diligently scrutinize the mechanism of a lamp, or stand admiring its beautiful design; rather he is to take it up and make a practical use of the same. Many today are zealous in reading "the letter of Scripture," and many are charmed with the evidences of its Divine Authorship, but how few appear to realize the primary purpose for which God has given the Scriptures, how few are making a practical use of them--ordering the details of their lives by its rules and regulations. They eulogize the Lamp, but they walk not by its light."
~ Arthur Pink, "Divine Guidance"
That is why doctrine is always taught first, then it is given practical application, in Scripture. Doctrine is NEVER impractical. Therefore those who *claim* to believe in certain doctrines, say, Scripture alone, yet go to the world first for wisdom (evolution, psychology, humanism, mysticism), are actually proving they do NOT believe in Scripture alone.
What you DO reveals what you actually believe.
To see how God views pragmatism, read Isaiah 28-31.