12th June 2012
His Way Is Perfect
“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”
Psalm 18:30 (NIV)
A well-known song of modern times is, “My Way”, made famous by Frank Sinatra. The song reflects the attitude of humanity. We have a very strong leaning toward doing things, ‘our way’, as opposed to doing things God’s way. The problem is that human beings are flawed and therefore not perfect. We lack both the wisdom and power to live in a perfect way.
As shown in the anchor scripture above, God’s way is perfect. He has both the wisdom and power to show us the perfect way to live. The fact that God’s way is perfect is repeated twice in the Bible for emphasis. The other place is in 2 Samuel 22:31. Both passages are identical! We also see in these verses, along with Proverbs 30:5, that God’s word is flawless. That means that we can trust his word completely. “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.” (Psalm 118:8). This happens to be the middle verse of the Bible. The New King James Version has, “It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man.”
Jesus was sent to show us the perfect way to live. He had both the wisdom and power to live a perfect life. He said, “I am the way” (John 14:6). Jesus demonstrated a lifestyle of love, service and humility—the perfect way to live. It is the opposite of man’s way, which is self-centred, self-serving and pride. Doing things our way has a predictable outcome. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 16:25). Doing things God’s way will have the opposite effect; it leads to eternal life. Jesus also said, “I am the life” and, “I am the truth”. His word is flawless.
We are instructed to, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:6-9).
Thank you, Jesus, for showing us the perfect way to live. Please enable us to trust you to live your way of life in and through us.
Study by Sherwin Scott