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 4.
Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures. (James 1:18, NKJV)
In our previous meditation we considered the fruit of the Word of truth as the fruit of the disciple’s life accomplished by waiting on the fruit producer: the Holy Spirit. The passage before us is to be applied in a similar manner using a word picture for illustration. James is writing to disciples who are also being tested in their Christian life, and in the context of this verse is in the midst of great trials and tribulations.
Of His own will (or in the exercise of His will). In God’s perfect will the believer is shown what is the Lord’s fruit as opposed to our own. Our Christian experience is not of our making, it is the work of the Lord. We are to wait upon Him with great hope and the Word of truth comes to us and leads us down our path to holiness (the process of sanctification) through the working of the Holy Spirit. When we come to Jesus and surrender our lives to Him in waiting expectation our will is swallowed up by His as John proclaims in John 1:12-13, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God.” (NKJV) Waiting on God with hope is to embrace His will for you by letting go of your will.
He brought us forth (or gave us new life through the rebirth as taught by Jesus in John Chapter 3) by the word of truth. God’s will is His Word. By His Word the heavens and the earth were created, and it was good. After the Lord made man and women He saw what He has made and it was very good (Genesis 1:31). You and I are part of God’s perfect will and He is pleased to let us be born again through Jesus Christ our Savior. It is by His will, the Word of truth, in which we are born again to the Spirit. Waiting on God delivers these words of truth to work on our character to transform us to the new life prepared for us. Waiting with great hope allows the path to be made straight for us, by His will, by the Word of truth.
That we might become a kind of first-fruits of His creatures. The first-fruits were consecrated and set aside for God’s good purpose and pleasure; it is a picture of holiness. The disciple is set apart for the Father’s use and belongs to Him. The first-fruits were not to be used for the people’s use because the first-fruits were holy. As noted earlier man and woman are considered very good before their Creator and as God’s special creation are set apart for His glory, the chief of His created creatures. Waiting is comprehending our separateness from creation for God’s good pleasure. What special creatures we are in the sight and will of the Lord. Wait on the Father with hope as a holy child, set apart by His Word of truth.