A New Year and a New Day
“I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
And so, I thought, the anvil of God’s Word
For ages the skeptics’ blows have beat upon,
But though the noise of falling blows was heard
The anvil is unchanged; the hammers gone.
It should be noticed how true Mr. Clifford’s statement is, for many years God’s Word has been meticulously studied and beat upon by believers and un-believers alike. Un-believers search God’s word looking for flaws or contradictions and may even attempt to prove their theories, and through the years, all attempts have failed. My focus is not so much the un-believers, as their behavior is expected, it is that of the believers. We as Christians often treat God’s Word in the exact same manner, especially men. Through the previous years I am sure we have taken the worldly hammer of alcohol, drugs, pornography, language, lust, idolatry, etc…, and repeatedly struck blows against the Word of God and what it says about such things. When that hammer fails, we take the hammer of rationalization to the Word of God, making excuses and giving ourselves wonderful feeling that it was ok to act the way we did. All rationalization set aside, isn’t it amazing how the Word of God never changes, and it is us, mere fallible humans, that God must hammer out and change. Men, we have it backwards! Let God have His hammer and allow Him to work on us!
It is a New Year and a new day. Resolutions are popular and many may not participate because of previous failures. Let me stress that, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). With this understanding, men, the first resolution we should have is, the storing of God’s Word. There are many things we are going to face this upcoming year, good and bad, and it is God’s Word that will sustain us through. There are many times I may not have a Bible, and I must rely upon God’s Word that I have stored in my heart. Perhaps it is a biblical question, plan of salvation, or troubling times, and not matter what it is God’s Word that provides all the answers. If we as men do not provide an answer to a question, offer the plan of salvation, or we cannot provide comfort to those suffering, how are we to be taken seriously as Christians, leaders, husbands, or boyfriends?
As this New Year is upon us, let us lay down the hammer and pick up the Bible. As we pick up the Bible, let us read and understand the words God has placed upon those pages. Even if you read something that does not make sense, ask God to open your eyes, heart, and mind and to reveal it to you, ask another Christian, your deacon, or pastor. Search for the answers! We would want a doctor that is diagnosing us to search diligently for the cure, we should search God’s Word the same way, diligently! Next, let us apply God’s Word. Many Christians today live a hypocritical life and many un-believers are quick to point this out and may apply that term to every Christian they see. Let us erase the stigma that has been applied because we have not applied God’s Word to our life. (That means no rationalization of sin). Last, let us communicate God’s Word to the world. If you pray, read, and meditate on God’s Word it will be imprinted upon your heart, a place where no one can take it, modify it, or destroy it. All the answers are in that book God has given us and if we have those answers stored in our heart, we can communicate to the world in any situation, time, or place. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
We often complain how our world, nation, or state, is headed in a horrible direction. We complain about our leaders and the economy and see no end in sight and it is doom and gloom we protrude to others. I am reminded that even though Jesus Christ knew He was to die for the sins of the world, he continued to obey God and preach to the dying world. Instead of preaching doom and gloom, let us resolve to understand, apply, and communicate God’s Word in our hearts, homes, workplaces, public venues, churches, and watch the Word of God spread throughout the world!
-Pastor Robb Marshall
 G. Curtis Jones, 1000 Illustrations for Preaching and Teaching (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1986), 28–29.