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Turning the Tide
The Tide-Turning Power of Wisdom
Part three of “Turning the Tide” begins with chapter 10; in the opening statement Stanley writes, “God’s word is for our benefit, now and always. The author compares God’s Word and prayer to the lines on a highway giving an example of driving at night. These lines that are on the road give the driver a sense of direction. If not for these lines on the road, then drivers would simply drive based on personal preference, which is proven to be dangerous by lawless drivers. Stanley then writes, “Individuals and countries who make decisions based on their own preferences rather than established, absolute truth are like drivers on a highway with no center line.” This type of logic does not promote consistency and it is because of this one’s “desires and values change” according to the author. Believers should have basic principles that stems from the Word of God. Stanley writes how “the wisdom we find in Scripture is our center line—keeping, directing, and safeguarding us in every situation and circumstance.” The Word of God serves as an anchor for us, when stormy weather arises we are able to stand firm, through this we see how “God’s Word reveals His nature”.
God’s Word is the greatest expression of truth, as the author explains, “It is the written record of the Lord’s unfolding revelation of His ways, character, nature, and saving love.” Life and this world that we know will eventually perish, “but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8). It is read within the bible that God will rescue us in our times of need. Psalm 57:2-3 says, “I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me. He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me. God will send forth His loving kindness and His truth.” Throughout the Old Testament we read of all David’s trials and how he triumphed with the help of God. Ultimately we are able to see through the Word of God how He, as Stanley writes “reminds us of His awesome promises”, “instructs us in the way we should go”, “the Father’s character and activity”. The bible holds the highest form of truth, Sir Isaac Newton was quoted saying, “If all the great books of the world were given life and were brought together in Convention, the moment the bible entered, the other books would fall on their faces.” One of the brightest and well known physicists of the 16th century knew of the absolute truth that the bible holds. With this level of assurance it is easy to see how the bible, in the words of Stanley, “calms the anxious heart.”
When times of hardship occurs it’s the Holy Spirit that gives us comfort, and this is available through the Word of God. As we see on the news daily, our country is currently facing difficult hardships. This is truly a time where we need Gods Word the most, Stanley writes, “we must think about what it would mean to go through trials and difficulties without the assurance we find in His Word. In the bible we are able to see how the trials we face eventually turn for the better (as read in Rom. 8:28), and how every adversity has a purpose (Rom. 5:3-5). If we continue to trust and obey God we will not only be able to overcome these trials, but we will also be prepared for “greater triumphs” (2 Cor. 12:7-10). There must be faith in God’s Word and what He reveals within it. There is true power within His Word, as the author states, “He will use it to transform our lives if we permit Him.” Acceptance of this truth gives us the ability to live without fear as we encounter personal and national hardships.
The story of David is one of the well known tales of the Old Testament, more so for his triumphant victories in times of adversity. King David learned to solely depend on the Word of God through his struggles. This resulted in David being one of Israel’s greatest leaders, and it was because of David’s reliance on the Scriptures. Today’s leaders must begin to rely on the Word of God, just King David relied. Deuteronomy 17:18-20 describes how leaders of Israel were commanded to read the Book of Law daily. This is necessary because, as Stanley writes, “leadership is both difficult and lonely”. In times of failure our leaders need to be reminded that the Lord is there with them and will guarantee victory, which give them the strength to persevere. Through prayer and meditation our leaders can set the moral and spiritual tone higher than what it is currently.
The Scripture is, as Stanley writes, “a wise compass for our lives”. When left without this compass, man often lean towards wrong doing, then seek excuses for their actions. Proverbs 16:17 says, “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he who watches his way preserves his life.” Stanley tells his readers to, “Put God’s Word into your life”; Proverbs 3:6 says “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” A Christian must own a bible and read it daily for it is “the standard of God’s best nation, as written by the author. “It is time for judgment to begin with the household of God” (1 Peter 4:17). Let us begin to discover what the Word of God is revealing to us. With this approach we can begin a resurgence of righteousness and show our country “The Tide-Turning Power of Wisdom”.
1. How can daily bible reading help you turn the tide of our nation in your daily life?
2. Before we teach others the principle of what the bible, we must first follow them ourselves. Why is this so important?
3. Through reading the bible daily you discover what the Father desires to do in and through your life. Has the Scripture help you discover what God desires you to do in and through your life?