Do You Really Want God?

Michael Beck

“But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.” (Psalm 81:11)

There is no such thing as wanting God in your life while not obeying His Word. He told Israel that their refusal to listen to His voice meant they wanted nothing to do with Him.

Our relationship with God is only as good as our adherence to His Word. No one loves God who does not love the Bible. And loving the Bible means loving every word in it – wanting our beliefs and behavior to conform to it. “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” (Psalm 119:133)

Loving God and His Word also means hating every “truth” that is unbiblical. “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” (Psalm 119:103,104) Too many allow their worldview to be shaped by the teaching of some man-inspired religion or philosophy; they seek to understand themselves and the human condition through the tenets of psychology. Should such “insights” inform how we think and live? “Lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?” (Jer. 8:9)

Beware of the leaven of those who are not devoted to every word of scripture. Adding or subtracting from the pure record of scripture first corrupts one’s thinking and then one’s acting. Those who want all of God want all of His Word. Despite what they might think, those who won’t bow their ear to all He has spoken in His Word, want none of Him.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.