01/05/18 Pure Words

READING: Genesis 8-9, Psalm 12

“The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times.”

Psalm 12:6

I don’t remember exactly where I was, but I do remember the general event. It had been a misty, rainy day, but the sun had unexpectedly come out from behind the clouds—and a rainbow that seemed to stretch from one side of the horizon to the other lit up the sky. I had seen rainbows before, of course, so this event was not a first-time event for me. What was different was this: it was the first time I saw a rainbow after reading Genesis 9 for the first time.

I was a baby believer at the time, and the Bible was uniquely fresh and real to me. I learned something every time I opened it—including learning that the rainbow is part of God’s plan: “Whenever I form clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all the living creatures: water will never again become a flood to destroy every creature” (Gen. 9:14-15). That bow I saw in the sky was thus much, much more than a refraction and dispersion of light; it was a sign of the faithfulness of God to keep His Word.

Indeed, the psalmist reminds us that God’s words are “pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times” (Psa. 12:6). Men may deceive, flatter, boast, and entice with their words, but God’s words are as pure as metals purified to perfection. His words are completely trustworthy—and they are the right guide for people who seek to be light in the world’s darkness. Keep reading them, and follow them. 


  • Choose a verse from today’s reading, and work to memorize it this week.
  • In prayer, reaffirm your commitment to read God’s Word consistently this year. Strive to keep your word regarding Bible study.

PRAYER: “Thank You for Your Word, God. Continue to ignite my passion to know You better through reading and obeying it.”       


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