Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

Psalm 119:129-136

129 Your decrees are wonderful;

    therefore my soul keeps them.

130 The unfolding of your words gives light;

    it imparts understanding to the simple.

131 With open mouth I pant,

    because I long for your commandments.

132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,

    as is your custom toward those who love your name.

133 Keep my steps steady according to your promise,

    and never let iniquity have dominion over me.

134 Redeem me from human oppression,

    that I may keep your precepts.

135 Make your face shine upon your servant,

    and teach me your statutes.

136 My eyes shed streams of tears

    because your law is not kept.
We seek God’s word, but sometimes what should be easy to understand is not so simple. We seek God’s Word for our lives. Wouldn’t it be nice if we got simple, direct answers to our questions?
Reggie White was a professional football player and an ordained minister – “The Minister of Defense!” He played several years for the Philadelphia Eagles, and when his contract was about up, there was much speculation about where he would go next.
Several reporters asked him time and time again what he was planning to do. White’s response was that he was praying about it and waiting for God to tell him where to go.
Legend has it that the coach of the Green Bay Packers, Mike Holmgren, called Reggie White and said, “Reggie, this is God. Go to Green Bay!”
Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy?!
I believe the study of Scripture gives us the opportunity to know who God is and what God desires. The more we come to know who God is and what God has done and continues to do, the better we know the heart of God. It is like that person we know so well, that even when we ask the question, we already know the answer.
Martin Luther wrote this:
These are the Scriptures which make fools of all the wise and understanding, and are open only to the small and simple, as Christ says in Matthew 11:25. Therefore dismiss your own opinions and feelings, and think of the scriptures as the loftiest and noblest of holy things, as the richest of mines which can never be sufficiently explored, in order that you may find divine wisdom which God here lays before you in such simple guise as to quench all pride. Here you will find the swaddling clothes and the manger in which Christ lies.  — Luther, Luther’s Works, vol. 35: Prefaces to the Old Testament, 236.
I commend you today for taking the time to read this scripture with me. 
Let us Pray: 
Almighty God, we give thanks for your Word. May it be a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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