Think about a sales pitch regarding the wonderful features of some product: you listen and listen but finally ask, “What’s the bottom line—the price?” Isn’t that what people want to know? If it’s too much to start with, save the sales pitch—right?
Well, when it comes to everyday decisions, we still need to ask ourselves: what is the bottom line? What is it that will be the deciding factor for us? And we all have our reasons for why we make the decisions that we do. But is that WHY we should? Is our bottom line the correct one?
Enter the Benchmark of all benchmarks—God’s Word. That should be the bottom line—the benchmark – for all we do or don’t do. His Word will never steer us wrong. His Word will always be the best answer for all we do.
Take Proverbs for example. There is so much wisdom for life in Proverbs that it should be a required course in school! But, of course, we know how that would go over!
Heeding God’s Word would save us a lot of anxiety, stress, and eliminate the need to seek counsel in most situations. There’s a dearth of the knowledge of God’s Word in peoples’ lives today. No wonder there’s so much confusion, aggravation, and plain ol’ nonsense going on.
God’s Word is replete with His wisdom to help us and guide us along life’s path as we follow Him. As Christians we need to develop a love of the Word of God. It will save our lives!
Here are some scriptures to get you started. A good idea is to read all of Proverbs and Psalm 119 in its entirety.
Proverbs 3:1-2 (KJV) 1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Proverbs 4:20-22 (KJV) 20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Psalm 119:11 (KJV) 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalm 119:98-99 (KJV) 98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
Psalm 119:105 (KJV) 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:130 (KJV) 130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Psalm 119:165 (KJV) 165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Psalm 36:9b (KJV) 9 … in thy light shall we see light.