“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Psalms 1:1-2

The hallmark of Christian growth is getting to the point where one is totally yielded to the Word of God. We are to honor the written word, the ‘raw word’, above anything else.

It’s really easy for young folks to get excited and carried away by rhymes, deep statements and rhema. Many times, these have no backing in the Scriptures. That it sounds right doesn’t make it right. Even an English professor will tell you this.

Remember folks, truth is not necessarily what is popular or acceptable to people. It is what it is- the undiluted and accurately interpreted word of God.

As a custodian of the message of Christ, it’s not enough to deploy theatrical or poetic mannerisms. If what you preach is not contextually coherent with the truth of the gospel, everything else is a waste.

In Paul’s words, “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers” – Titus 1:9 KJV

In the same vein, we must commit to obeying the dictates of God’s word whether convenient or not. Let’s take cues from Joseph and Jesus.

Joseph had dreams of the future. Being oblivious of God’s plan, his brothers plotted against him. From the pit to the prison, Joseph could have given up on his dream but he did not.

We see how totally convinced he was about God’s plan for his life when he conversed with his brothers in Genesis 45:4-13.

Also, Jesus (who was fully God) took on the form of flesh to die for men who didn’t even appreciate Him at the time. He was fulfilling the scriptures yet there were enough reasons to back out. Talk of the continued disbelief, severe beating, mockery and curses, betrayal, deserting and gruesome crucifixion on the cross.

Nonetheless, He endured it all, despised the shame, for the glorious reconciliation of you and me to God.

Indeed, a life submitted to the word of God will always be different! Your conviction will not be shaken by fleeting circumstances. You will also be able to stand firm in the fulfilment of God’s beautiful plan.

Do not be more preoccupied with what people will say above what God has said. Like our anchor text, the word of God must be delightful to you.

“But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.” (Psalms 1:2, AMP)

If you ever get to a point of doubt, remember these verses below and hold fast to God’s word.

“The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.” (Psalms 19:7-8, AMP)
Also see 2 Timothy 1:13-14.

You can be sure of one thing, a man that submits to the word of God will never go wrong. God’s word is perfect, so stick to it.