Every word of God is flawless…
The word translated “flawless” is related to the purification of gold and silver. Psalm 12:6 says, “The words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.” The word of God is different from our words. Our advice to one another must be refined through the fire of experience and often we see them fail. God’s word is not proved by us, it is not refined by us in a process where we separate the true from the false, the relevant from the irrelevant – rather it comes from the mouth of God already perfectly formed, with no deficiency, no impurities, no irrelevancies. Upon one day, one passage from God’s word may speak to us more clearly than another, but that does not mean the other is false, or even irrelevant, for we cannot see or understand our own lives. Often the most relevant passages we dismiss because they do not seem to suit our temperament, even though our very souls are upheld by the truth they proclaim.
Upon one day, when all is sunny and bright, we do not think much of the truth, “And underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27). Our soul seems healthy and fit, life seems as it should be, and we take delight in such truths as, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10), we have no time for the thought that beneath us are the eternal arms of the eternal God.
Then comes another day, and the sky seems dark, our souls feel sad, our journey seems lonely, and our strength is gone. To speak of joy when our hearts are broken can be grating, but then we hear the other truth, that the arms of God are beneath us to uphold us no matter what may happen, and it is spiritual medicine to our souls.
The word of God is already refined before it came from His mouth, and it will suit us in the testing fires of life, it will minister peace to our souls and lift us up and encourage us. It tells us of the Father’s love, of the Son’s sacrifice, of the Spirit’s abiding presence, of the work He has called us to do, of the peace that we have as we follow Him, and of how much we are to mean to one another.
Our words will fail, but God’s word will always achieve the goal for which it was spoken in the first place. Embrace it with faith in your heart and it will become to you a source of endless comfort and peace.