Twelve Inches South | Psalm 119:9-10
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
As I write this, four fallen pastors come to mind. Their straying rippled through local congregations and made headline news. Each situation is a hard reminder that reading the Bible, studying the Bible, preaching sermons about the Bible, and writing books on the Bible is not enough. Head knowledge must be transformed into action.
The question in todayís passage is an important one. How can a person, young or old, stay on the path of purity? The answer: Do what Godís Word says to do. Thatís pretty straightforward. However, many men and women have taken a dangerous detour when they neglected to move the knowledge in their head twelve inches south to their heart.
Staying on the path begins with a promise and a plea. We must be committed to seeking God with all our hearts, minds, emotions and wills. We plead for Godís desire and strength to never stray from his perfect instruction.
Father, never allow us to think another Bible study makes us a spiritual person. Keep driving the truth from our heads to our hearts. Never let us get comfortable with more knowledge without meaningful application. In Jesusí name. Amen.