“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” Proverbs 21:3
Whatsoever is NOBLE – God’s Ways are Noble
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2
How do you define noble and honor? According to dictionary.com, these words can be defined as:
- of an exalted moral or mental character or excellence:
- a person of noble birth or rank; nobleman or noblewoman.
- in accordance with or characterized by principles of honor; upright
- worthy of honor and high respect; estimable; creditable.
- bringing honor or credit; consistent with honor.
For many of us, turning on the news each day is as routine as brushing our teeth. We tune in to be informed of current events in our city, state, country, and world. Yet with each headline, breaking rapport and exclusive, we allow our minds to be flooded with the good, bad, and ugly this world holds. Our minds, emotions, and spirits are left vulnerable to the effects of what we’ve seen and heard.
We can easily find ourselves spiraling quickly down a rabbit hole of negative thinking, speaking, and actions if we are not careful. It can be difficult to look at the condition of our world and find anything decent or noble in humanity. However, all is not lost. In verses 1-2 of Psalm 1, we find guidance for living an honorable life.
- Delight is in the law of the Lord – Find joy and happiness in the Word of God.
- Meditate on his law day and night – Focus our mind daily on the Word of God
Do you see the pattern? What we think about shapes what we believe. What we believe comes through in what we do. Despite the world around us, we do not have to allow it to infiltrate and corrupt the spirit within us (Romans 12:2).
As Christ-followers, we are to be His image-bearers on earth. When we saturate ourselves in God’s word on a daily basis, we then open ourselves to be empowered to live out the Word on a daily basis. We become the living reflection of God. Others can see the nobility of God in His people, then honor the God of the people.
Prayer: Lord I thank You and give You the honor due to Your name. Help me to keep my mind focused on Your Word and living a life of integrity that pleases You.