Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
God’s Word is the word of truth and we know this by waiting upon Him – Part 3.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, NKJV)
Because we now possess the Word of truth in the Bible we need a plan as to how to work with this revelation from God to us. While waiting upon the Lord with His Scripture as your guide we need to handle what has been given to us as a workman works for his employer. The rewards of eternity are superior to what can be gained in this life. We sought for truth, we found truth, and the question now becomes: what do we do with it now?
Be diligent. Be diligent in the Greek means to be giving diligence, making haste, earnest, or being eager. The Greek usage of this word implies extending great effort to accomplish. In this verse it would mean you are to make every effort to do your best, and to be eager about the task. Do you handle God’s truth in this manner? Does the truth cause both a character trait of waiting on God for His power and the character trait of going after the godly life with intense desire? By waiting upon the Lord and allowing the Holy Spirit to change your character fires you up about learning and applying the word of truth. Kenneth Wuest in Golden Nuggets from the Greek New Testament states the following when discussing this word, “The living of a Christian life is an urgent matter. One must with intensity of desire will to live the highest type of Christian life. The Christian must do his best to live a life pleasing to the Lord. One must attend carefully to that matter.” Be diligent!
To present yourself approved to God. In the Greek to present means to cause to stand near, to place nearby, to place or set before someone, present, exhibit. We are to be diligent to draw near to God and show Him how we are handling His word of truth. Approved in the Greek is to accept, receive, proved, receivable, tried as metals by fire and thus be purified (thus what remains of after testing). When we come before God we want His approval of our handling His Word of truth correctly. We want our diligence to produce fruit that meets the specifications given by the Lord. As a child needs the loving approval of his father, so the disciple seeks from his Father in heaven. We do not seek the approval of man, rather the approval of God. We achieve this through waiting and serious study of the Word of God.
A worker who does not need (or cause) to be ashamed. Being called a worker implies work. A worker that has no cause to be ashamed is one who after being tested (or after finishing the making of a product) has met the requirements placed upon him by the boss or client. The worker will have his work inspected. When we come into glorification and stand before the Redeemer of our souls, we will have no need to hang our heads, or feel like we let Him down, if we are diligent in living the life God planed for us by His Word of truth. Waiting is the empowering to become a worker and a diligent worker will not be ashamed before his or her Master.
Rightly dividing the word of truth. Rightly dividing in the Greek is literally to cut straight. Some Greek authorities say this phrase could be a metaphor from the craft of stone masonry and the cutting of the stones so they can fit together properly in constructing a building. Paul, being a tent maker by trade, would surely understand and convey the importance of cutting straight pieces of material to construct a quality tent. Handling truth should be done in a straightforward, honest, truthfully, useful, and correct fashion. One who is waiting correctly uses the Word of truth because it is allowing God to cut the fabric of truth through our diligence to produce fruit that will stand up in the times of testing and inspection.