August 3, 2010 § 2 Comments
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?
by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
– Psalm 119:9
Wherewithal – have you ever used this word? The King James Version is not written in a contemporary style but the words it uses are distinct. For instance, in our verse today, wherewithal means how, why and perhaps when.
Read this verse with exasperation. Hear the almost defeatist tone in the first part of this verse. Do you hear it? “How, Why – O, Lord can I cleanse myself?” Have you ever felt like that? We all have. Take heart. God has some good news for you.
We live in such a filthy world. We are bombarded on every side. Though we do our very best, it seems we cannot escape the constant barrage of images, thoughts, or ideas. Pursuing purity in our world today is an impossible task. It is too much for us, we cannot accomplish this in our own power.
This is why the second part of the verse is given. It is impossible to miss a billboard on your way to work, a song that conjures of memories of your youth with all its ungodly mindsets, or just a commercial that runs during an otherwise godly television program.
God gives you the wherewithal to cleanse yourself. Your empowerment comes from taking heed to God’s word. God would not make such a claim if it were not possible. It is possible, but only by paying close attention to the instruction He gives in His word.
Explore and take heed to the instruction given in God’s word and know this: You have a 100% chance of success in living a pure life before God.
Isn’t that good news?