“This God – his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” -Psalm 18:30-32 ESV
God is perfect in all His ways and His Word proves true. Let’s pause and think about that for a moment. If God’s Word proves true, it means there is clear evidence of its trustworthiness. But where do we look?
We can look to the Bible (the written Word of God) and even look at our lives, the lives of others, and the world around us to find evidence that the God of the Bible is the one true God and His Word alone is true.
Let’s start with the Bible.
I’ve been studying Genesis this year and what has stood out to me is God’s repeated promises through the line of Abraham. In chapter 12 God promised Abraham that He would make Abraham’s descendants into a great nation and that He would bless those who bless Abraham and curse those who curse him. After several long years, still no children, and Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was well past child-bearing years, God repeated His promise, making a covenant with Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. (Genesis 15) More time passed, many sinful decisions and mistakes were made, but God’s promise prevailed. Sarah bore Abraham a son named Isaac and through his line would come the Messiah – Jesus Christ (Matthew 1). I find it amazing how God remains faithful to His promises through the generations even when people sin against Him.
God reminded Isaac of His covenant with Abraham, He reminded Isaac’s son Jacob… and God spoke through the prophets to remind the nation of Israel of who they were, who God was, and that a Messiah was to come. And when Jesus did come, He was the fulfillment of the many promises God made from the very beginning – to redeem a fallen world, promising eternal life to all who put their faith in Him.
But just as God remains faithful to His promises of blessing, God is also faithful to His promises of judgment and wrath. But, we see throughout Scripture God’s compassion through His repeated reminders and warnings to His people. When His people listened, they were blessed, when they ignored or disobeyed God’s warnings, they faced the consequences. Still today, God continues to warn us of the consequences of sin and the realities of hell through His written Word and that Christ alone is the way of salvation. And even this promise is good, because God is good and all His ways are perfect.
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” -2 Peter 3:9 ESV
Have you ever thought about how compassionate God is in making promises and repeating them to forgetful people like you and me?
Our lives and the world around us
God also uses circumstances in our lives, the lives of others, and creation itself to prove the trustworthiness of His Word. I can think of several times in my life I have experienced God’s promises of comfort, peace, strength, and blessing, but of course, I’m always reminded of how He saved me. I shared that story in this post if you’d like to read it. And of course, God uses the lives and stories of others to prove His faithfulness to His promises. I think of the many amazing stories of God’s goodness displayed through the lives of close friends and family members – even the stories of others through books I’ve read or videos I’ve watched. The stories of God’s people throughout every generation are powerful testimonies to His faithfulness.
God even uses His creation to prove He is God and His Word is true:
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” -Psalm 19:1-4 ESV
God uses it all. None of it goes to waste. How have you seen proof of God’s trustworthiness in your own life, the lives of others, or simply in creation?
He is a shield and refuge
God’s Word proves true. That is a promise. But, let’s not forget to look at the second promise in today’s featured verse: “he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” Shields are used to protect and defend. They take the blow of a weapon or threat for the person covered by one. When I think of this picture, I can’t help but think of the Son of God, perfect in every way, nailed to a cross, suffering a horrendous death to save sinners. We deserved that death. He did not. And all who put their faith in His atoning sacrifice will be saved from hell and instead promised eternal life. He truly is our shield.
His Word is true and He protects all who put their faith in Him.
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