Wading in Doubtful Waters?

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”

Proverbs 30:5 (NIV)

Do you ever doubt God’s word? Or maybe you don’t believe that God can help your situation or that he even cares about you.

Because of difficult situations that happen to us and those around us, we sometimes rely on our own wisdom rather than trusting God and his promises. If you find yourself sailing in these doubtful waters, grab hold of Proverbs 30:5. This verse may be short, but it is packed with powerful truth: God’s word is flawless and he is our protection.

When we look at different translations of this verse, we get a fuller picture of the term flawless. God’s word is pure (CSB), tested (NASB) and true (ESV). When something is flawless, it is perfect, not having any error in it. There is no mistake to be found in God’s word. When something is pure, as in a metal being smelted and refined, it is 100 percent clean and whole, with all of the dross and junk removed. God’s word is perfect, exactly as it is, needing nothing removed or nothing added to it (Proverbs 30:6 and Revelation 22:18-19 are warnings to those who do not believe this). God’s word is tested, which relates back to the smelting process in which all impurities are removed. And, finally God’s word is true. Because it is pure and has been tested, it can only be true.

Not only does verse 5 say God’s word is flawless, but it says every word of God is flawless. We can trust all of God’s word! There is not a single word that is not true. In Psalm 119:151, David, who was pursued by his enemies for months, tells us, “You are near, LORD, and all Your commands are true” (CSB). Jesus prayed for the disciples, saying, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17, NIV). We can trust God’s word.

And when we believe the truth of God’s word, we are putting our trust in him, and the second half of verse 5 gives us a promise: God will be our shield and refuge. The Lord longs to protect us. We just have to run to him. Nahum 1:7 says, “The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him” (NASB).

If you are struggling to believe God’s word, pray for wisdom. Tell God how you feel and ask for his help. Seek to be like the psalmist in Psalm 91:

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

 I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (verses 1-4, NIV).


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