|Vol. 1, No. 5||Page 10||May 1999|
In Times Like These
In this time of God’s people, true, there are more than a few wolves among us. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine: . . . and shall be turned unto fables” (1 Timothy 4:4). Can this be? There are many opinions and pleasant ideas being put into practice. This teases the lazy minds of those who fail to study the Bible. Fables are spread ever so carefully today. We read and hear “join hands with all who believe or are right with the Lord.” Please remember, “believers” do not always follow after the Lord. The devils believe--yet they have sense enough to tremble!
We, as women in the Body must understand the truth in all of its power and beauty! We must live it, teach it and guard it against outside invasion. “That your hearts might be comforted being knit together in love . . . understand . . . the mystery of God” (Colossians 2:2). In God are hidden all treasures of wisdom and of knowledge. When we put on Christ and are rooted in faith and truth, we are to be joyful and give thanks, being stedfast in the faith. Today we must “Beware lest any may spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of man, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Our work as Christians is to study to ground our faith, sharpen our wits and to strengthen our love. Christ demands obedience. Know the Word explicitly, for it alone is the truth. Truth will set us free!
God insisted that He is the Lord! “Unto these it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God, there is none else like him” (Deuteronomy 4:35). None shall attempt to destroy his high and holy name. We are not to take from the Word, but, “that ye might learn . . . that which is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). We are to “be instant in season, out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2). Ladies, we are to be ready as all brethren should be, to “give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with all meekness and fear having a good conscience” (1 Peter 3:15-16). My dear sister, we have some serious studying and teaching to do!
The Lord found a way through the Scriptures to teach us, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He is our God, even in times like these! He made it crystal clear “that I am the living bread which came down from heaven” (John 6:6). He will feed us if we take the time to be fed!
In times like these, when some in the church are no longer able to be identified as knowledgeable quoters of the Word, I hasten to recall the heart-warming words of Simon Peter as he struggled to understand the times in which he lived. “Lord to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou are that Christ, the son of the living God” (John 6:68-69). Today, as in any time, we must teach about the living God. No need for a change to take place of truth! The truth is as close as the nearest Bible. Reach for it!
“These things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This, then, is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth: Now if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:4-7).Whose fault is it if we are not prepared and do not know the truth? Worse still, whose fault is it if we hesitate in our teaching of that truth?
Women, we may want to believe other than the truth,
but “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep
his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring
every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good,
or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). Wise old Solomon once said,
“Buy the truth, and sell it not" (Proverbs 23:23). Let us strive then for
wisdom, instruction and understanding. How appropriate are these words
of the Son of David in times like these!