Before a person is saved, God’s Law cannot be kept. His commands are a burden and constantly show us our sinfulness because we fail to keep them. The Law breaks us of our prideful belief that we can be and do good on our own. We naturally feel like pretty good people compared to others. But then we read or hear about God’s perfect standards given in the Bible. If God is at work, then His Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins and sinfulness. The Law breaks us and shows us our need for forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ.
But what is the purpose of God’s commands after we find salvation in Christ? Well, for the believer, the Law still has great value. First, by daily studying God’s Word, we are daily reminded of our need for Jesus. It is a mirror that continues to show us our remaining sin. The Word leads us to keep depending on God’s grace. Repentance and trust in Christ become not just the beginning of our walk with God, but a daily habit of our Christian life. Second, the Law becomes a guide to show us how to please our Father and live at peace with our neighbors. The commands of God have always been good; the problem is our sin, not the justness of the Law. By the power of the Holy Spirit inside us, Christians can begin to keep God’s commands. We will still sin and fail, but we don’t have to! We are no longer slaves to sin, but free in Christ.
Today’s verses in Proverbs remind us that the commands of God’s Word are a good gift of His grace. Instead of seeing Bible study as a chore, we should see it as an opportunity to hear the loving, guiding voice of our heavenly Father. May His Word be a crown of His grace upon us today.
The Text (Proverbs 1:8-9)
8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
Questions to Think About
- Were you ever bored and bothered by Bible study before becoming a Christian? How about after you were saved?
- Why do you think that many students who profess to be Christians don’t read their Bibles? Do they not want to read the Bible or do they not know how? Is the problem only laziness, or is there something else going on? How can we get more students at NRCA to start reading their Bibles?