The Way Of The Lord

light-of-the-wayWho is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them. (Hosea 14:9)

The Way Of The Lord

There is a law of absolute truth that has been in existence since the creation of the world. When God pronounced the first words of creation He said, “Let there be light” and there was light. This was not just an act of creation; it was a profound statement showing the character, majesty and power of the Creator. His word spoke the world into existence. Authority was firmly established that moment when God ordered the world into existence. Creating light first was necessary because nothing that follows could be created without the presence of light. All would die without the first day of creation. The world is held together by the same word that formed its being. On the sixth day God created man and infused in him the need for light – both physical and spiritual.

Creating man in His image, the Lord began as He did on the first day and said to man, “Here is light and without this light you cannot exist.” That light was His word. Tending the garden was the blessing of man as he walked in the midst of Eden. Two trees were in the center of the garden. One tree would give eternal life and the other would bring death. When Satan came to Eve, he attacked the light, the word of God. Challenging the word of God he said, “Has God indeed said?” Failing to walk in the light of truth, Adam and Eve took of the forbidden fruit. The darkness of sin shrouded the world. Jesus came as the Light of the world to remove the gloom of disobedience becoming the word of truth from the Father. Light must come first so that everything else can live. Without Jesus, there is no life.

The prophet Hosea concludes his message with the truth the word of God is right and there is no hope for man if he rejects it. This is an absolute. A wise man will heed the word of God because it is the only truth that can give him life. The foolish man will reject the word of God, which is like a man denying the presence of light. A wise man will understand there is no hope without the word of God because all of life is established on God’s word. The Lord is right about everything. He never lies! The world can only find peace when the Light of the world enters the heart and illuminates the mind to know the will of God. Wisdom and discernment are found in the ways of the Lord. The ways of man are futile because he was created last – light was created first. Creation could not exist without light being created first and man cannot live without the word of God.

The ways of the Lord are right. Period. The authority of God’s world is established by the word of God. Satan continues to whisper in the ear of foolish men who will not believe in the light of His word. Rejecting light does not make the light shine less bright. It only serves to show the foolishness of man. Refusing to believe in the word of God only highlights the failure of man to believe in the only truth that will save him. The ways of the Lord are right. Believing that will change your life.

Light gives testimony of itself … and is a witness itself that the light may be known. Likewise wisdom, the word of God. (Augustine, In Joan, 8, c. 416)

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