How can a young person live a clean life?
By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
train me in your ways of wise living.
I’ll transfer to my lips
all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
I attentively watch how you’ve done it.
I relish everything you’ve told me of life,
I won’t forget a word of it. (Psalms 119:9-16 MSG)
In our culture we tell our children to go to school and get a good education so they can get a good job and make a living. Unfortunately they rarely go to school to get a good job they go to school to try to forget the
lessons they were taught at home. Most of us know already that the mere reading of books does not prepare us for making a living, but practice, practice, practice gives us skills to become valuable enough to be paid by the marketplace. Training is simply practicing
something until we become proficient in it.
Some churches believe that reading the Bible every day will make us good Christians. Of course we must read God’s word to
know how He thinks and what He desired when He created the world. However, we use the church as a “learning center” where we study God’s word to become skilled in the things of God. When we read the Bible like a text book we only learn what
God has said in the past. Since being a follower of Christ requires an intimate relationship with Jesus who is to become our bridegroom we cannot simply learn how He speaks but we must know His nature and character. Usually we only go to God or Jesus to get
our problems solved, not to build a relationship with Him. It would be much like marrying someone whom we had never met. We may know about them but we have no basis for a relationship.
A bride delights in finding out firsthand the things that delights her groom. She takes a solemn oath to continue that relationship and maintain it forever!
Those of us
who have been married for many years know that it takes time to know the heart of our beloved. Our vows demand that we are not merely here to have our problems solved but we are promising to feed and nurture this relationship regardless of any trials we may
face. In doing this we begin to trust that we know every reaction or response of the one we love. We will be trained in the ways of love and we will not be ashamed to honor that love forever. This is how the mature bride of Christ finds her place beside the
King of Kings.