By Donna Gaines
In our current hostile climate of sensationalized news and vitriolic social media, we need to remember who we are as Christians. We are not to be, as a friend said recently, the people of the bad report. When God sent the 12 spies into the Promised Land to check it out and come back with a report, He intended for them to return and affirm that the land was all that God had promised. But because their view of God was emaciated, the giants in the land and the fortified cities struck fear in their hearts.
Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, had an accurate view of God and consequently came back with a report of faith. The land is rich and the cities are fortified, but it is obvious that God has given it into our hands. God had called His people, the Israelites, to take possession of the Promised Land. All they had to do was obey His directions for battle and the land was theirs.
Your view of God will determine your view of life. Your view of God based upon Who He has revealed Himself to be in Scripture is as A. W. Tozer said, “The most important thing about you” (The Knowledge of the Holy, p.1). The God of the Bible is good, righteous, holy, faithful, all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful and loving, to name just a few of His attributes.
How seriously do you take God’s Word? You can rate yourself based on the amount of time you spend reading and applying God’s Word. Do you memorize and meditate upon His Word? Joshua, one of the two men of faith said, “This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall mediate on it day and night and then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
One of the ways we can obey this command is to make our appointment with God the most important appointment of our day. Spend time systematically reading through God’s Word. Begin to memorize it. You can use the Navigator’s Topical Memory System, or begin to memorize Scripture that speaks to you during your daily reading. I use ring-bound 3x5 cards. They are easy to throw in your purse or the console of your car. You can have your children review them with you as you travel to and from school or extra-curricular activities.
Immersing yourself in the Word of God will renew your mind (Rom. 12:2). You will develop a biblical worldview through which you view life. When scripture becomes your lens, you don’t have to demand your rights, or stress over the number of “likes” you have on social media. You are content to commune with God through His Word, prayer, worship and service. As you are faithfully serving, God will open doors for you and place you in positions of influence. Just ask Huldah.
It was during the reign of King Josiah in Judah, that the King ordered the people to repair and restore the temple. During the restoration, the scrolls of the law were found. They brought them to the King and began to read them to him. The King tore his robes in distress and sent the High Priest and religious leaders to seek a Word from the Lord. It was evident they were in trouble because they had not been obeying God’s Word. When the High Priest left the presence of the King, there was only one place for him to go – Huldah’s home. Huldah was the wife of the keeper of the wardrobe. Her husband was a Levite. God always has His people. There will always be a remnant who walk and talk with Him. Huldah was one of those people. When it was time for a Word from God, the men went to Huldah. And did she ever have a Word for them! (Read 2 Kings 22.)
Oh, that we would desire to be like Huldah! Women who experience such an intimacy with God that when others need wisdom or prayer they would come to us. Is it evident to those who live with you that you walk with God? Are you a person of the good report? Is your God bigger than your circumstances or the culture in which we live? We reproduce who we are not just what we say. Are you living out what you profess?
Our God is able! Do you believe? There is nothing that is impossible with Him. But we must know Him to know His ways and we must obey Him to be blessed by His revelation. What our world needs is for those who claim the name of Christ to become like Him. Then God’s people will never lack for a Word from God or for an example of stability in the midst of a world that is increasingly unstable and terror ridden. Believing God and obeying His Word are the greatest gifts you can give your children and our world. Oh, Lord God, please bless us with the faith of Caleb, Joshua and Huldah!
Donna and her husband, Steve, have four children and also have the privilege of being “Papaw” and “Nonna” to twelve sweet grandchildren. She is a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, author of four books (Leaving Ordinary: Encounter God Through Extraordinary Prayer, Seated: Living From Our Position in Christ, There’s Gotta Be More, and Choose Wisely, Live Fully: Lessons from Wisdom and Folly, The Two Women of Proverbs) and editor of A Daily Women’s Devotional. She is a disciple maker who fervently desires to see the lives of women transformed as they encounter God through His Word and prayer. Embracing God's missional calling on her life, Donna mobilizes women to practically live out their faith through both inner city and international efforts.