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Today’s bible study is 2 Samuel 22:31: As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord's word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.

I thought my life was perfect until I realized that it was impossible. When we are in an economic recession and have to tighten our belts and stretch our dollars. When we are faced with a tremendous burden or suffer a serious illness or accident, we might refuse to believe that a loving God could put us in that predicament. There are times when we become discouraged, when we do not get what we want, when we feel betrayed and alone. These are the times when we might try to pray and end up crying in frustration. These are the times when we question the perfection of God and wonder how a God who could let this happen could be anything even close to perfect. Yet, we must accept the simple faith that God is perfect.

Descartes attempted, in his Meditations, to prove the existence of God. He did it with two theses: one being that if we doubt the existence of anything, we must also accept the possibility of the existence and the other being that mankind is not perfect and only God can achieve and personify perfection in the universe and through eternity.

So, it is not God who is imperfect, but it is we, ordinary men and women. We are all faulty, frail, flawed creations. Yes, we try, we work, we journey, we reach, and we often achieve. Yet, we can never attain perfection. When we complain to God, it is our own frailties and circumstances not of God about which we complain. In all our imperfection, we can always turn toward God o seek that which is perfect.

Many Christians believe that the Lord’s word is flawless, and perfect. This may well be true, but it can sometimes be misinterpreted. It has often been said that you can prove or disprove anything you want y using quotes from the bible, and this is usually true. But, is we center our thoughts on the words of the Lord Jesus in the New Testament, when goodness and love overcame vengeance and anger, His words are flawless. Our words are flawed and, all too often, fail us when we try to say something that words cannot express. We cannot even express our faith completely, since our language has no words that effectively can be employed.

And, finally, we are comforted by Samuel when he says that the Lord shields those who take refuge in Him. There are times when we all feel the need to take refuge. Unfortunately, these are usually our difficult times – the times when the world seems unfair, people seem uncaring and God seems to have forsaken us. Yet, these are the times when we must need to remember that Jesus will be our strength and our refuge now and forever. We need only seek him, pray to him, and let his love come into our hearts and souls. We are never alone and we are never forsaken when the Lord is with us and is our shield and refuge.

References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur, Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor

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