By Patrick Hawthorne
Life is full of little nuggets of inspiration. One only needs to pay attention. For instance, my last post, The Churlish Chicken , was inspired by observing a heathen chicken who desperately needs Jesus. Seriously, this chicken is off the rails crazy.
Today’s post is inspired by blogger friend, Pastor Jim who wrote, “One Witty Ditty for Your Memory of Theology: Interpreting and Applying Gods Word.” “I know, I know… I need to have a serious discussion with him concerning the length of his titles. Let him be though. He comes from that strange and foreign land known as California. Anywho…, Pastor Jim wrote a little rhyme to keep in mind when studying the Word of God. He wrote,
Lord guide me to interpret what Your Word is about,
And also to have the moral courage to live it out.
Immediately, upon reading his post, my mind went to a strange far away place that few should dare navigate lest they not be able to find their way home. I thought to myself, “Ya gotta keep them tractor wheels straight or your rows are gonna be crooked.” For you people from the North, I will translate. “It is imperative that you keep the wheels of the tractor pointed straight. Otherwise the rows that are being plowed will be crooked.”
The Word of God – the bible – is our moral and spiritual compass. It does us no good to own a compass but not follow the directional path that it will lead us. As such, it does no good for us to own a bible or even read the bible unless we are willing to be guided by the principles contained therein.
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105). By following the Word of God, we have the lamp to our feet needed to make sure that we do not trip and fall and the light needed to illuminate our path so that we stay the course. In essence, the Word will help us keep those tractor wheels straight and pointed in the right direction so that our rows stay straight. Be blessed.
For Pastor Jims post please see: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2020/01/11/one-witty-ditty-for-your-memory-of-theology-interpreting-and-applying-gods-word/