July 13, 2015 by maryruwe
Many of us can remember either saying, thinking or hearing someone say, “Well, that’s just normal” or “that’s normal for them” or “that’s normal for their age”, or “nowadays, that’s just normal”. It’s easy to see that people use these terms to describe and determine what they view as acceptable or even right or wrong. Why do we call some things normal and give approval to some situations, behaviors, words and even motives and not to others? What basis are we using to make those determinations? What do you consider normal?
According to the dictionary normal is described as: the usual condition, regular, standard, natural. The definition of the word norm is: an authoritative standard or model. We tend to ascribe normal to whatever we are focusing on the most; and try to justify behaviors with, “everybody’s doing it”. Well, probably not everyone is doing “it”, whatever “it” might be: (drinking, drugs, bad language, bad attitude, watching X-rated movies, etc.) Just because some might think the majority of the world deems something as normal doesn’t mean it is, or that it is right. Think about it for a moment. The normal according to the world and the normal according to the Word of God are not the same thing. So my questions to you are, “What kind of normalcy do you want? Do you want what the world offers or what God offers?”
As Christians we must base our beliefs and decisions on a more secure level than our own thinking and intelligence or that of the world’s view. We must use the Word of God as the basis for our thoughts, words, motives, and life. Using any other basis is, well, to use today’s terminology, “Biblically incorrect”! Clearly it is the Word of God that should be dictating what we call normal. He is our Creator.
The first book and verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then in John 1:1, 2, 14 it says “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us – Jesus.
Since none of us have been around as long as God, perhaps it is HIS WORD we should be using as the basis for truth and not just what the world tells us.
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. Let’s don’t get caught going along with the rules of the world that are contrary to the Word of God. It is the Word of God that sets forth the way we should live; the way to make wise judgments of what is right and wrong. It is God’s Word that should be the final decision-making-basis for our lives, both as individuals and as a Nation.
Romans 12:2 tells us that we are not to be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our mind (to the Word of God), that we may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Whatever we place our focus on becomes our determining factor for decisions. Therefore it is of utmost importance that we keep the Word of God as our main focus in order to live according to the truths, principles, and Commandments of the Bible. Psalm 119:10-11 reminds us that we are to seek God with our whole heart and not wander from His Commandments. We are to hide His Word in our heart so we will not sin against Him. When we do those two things (seek God first and hide His Word in our heart) then Ephesians 3:17 will come to pass in our lives, “Christ will dwell in our hearts by faith, and we will be rooted and grounded in love”.
For Christians, the normal, the usual, the standard, the natural, the authoritative model is living according to the Word of God. God’s normalcy for us is to be saved, healed, prosperous, and living an abundant life; the life that Jesus said He came to give us in John 10:10. That is the normalcy I want, how about you?