Wednesday thoughts – June 17, 2020

Do Not Settle for Substitutes
1 Timothy 4:6-16

A wise minister, in fact any believer, should know to nourish his spirit by feeding on the food that which will build him. Nothing should ever be substituted for the Word of God, not is a person wishes to grow in Christ and minister to the needs of a lost and dying world.

The story is told of a cow that grew bored with the fenced in grazing fields. She thought to herself, “I’ve fed off this pasture my whole life. I feel like a prisoner in this field— the grass sure does look greener on the other side.”

As she probed the fence, she discovered a place where she could finally get through. With a hardy shove of her shoulder, she was on the other side. Once there, she came eye to eye with another cow. “What brings you here?”, said the cow to her visitor, “I’ve come to try the grass on your side.” “That’s funny, I was just on my way to try the grass on your side.” The grass over here is artificial. It looks real pretty until you take a bite.

Folks, there are a lot of artificial substitutes available on the market today. Don’t settle for anything less than the best, the Word of God.

We live in perilous times, days of gross immorality, lawlessness, and violence. Yet, God has placed each believer in a strategic place, a place where the glorious power of the Gospel must be proclaimed.

God’s solution for the havoc produced by the false teachers of the world is to raise up true believers who are faithful to the Gospel. Instead of responding to the tug of the false teacher’s lies, the true believer is pulled by the irresistible draw of the Word of God— a pull that keeps him walking in the truth.

It was Edward Burke who commented, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Be determined to stand up for the truth. Tell of the marvelous truth of God’s Word, whenever, wherever, and whomever He gives you the opportunity.