By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe
The purpose of reading God's word is not only to be comforted, revived, and strengthened, but also to know right from wrong, good from bad, and truth from error.
Ps 119:128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
While believers hate every false way, the wicked hate knowledge (see Prov. 1:22); that is, they hate the knowledge that is wisdom, that leads to wisdom and the fear of God.
We gain understanding by the word of God, for it describes all the basic and necessary principles of life as it applies to man as a creation of God. Man is created by God, so he is responsible to God to get wisdom and understanding and also to apply that wisdom and understanding to life practices.
There are many false ways. How many can you bring to mind? The psalmist hates EVERY false way no matter who invents or develops it, no matter who is involved in it, no matter how humanly logical it may sound; if it does not agree with the word of God, then it is false.
We should be constantly, daily, distinguishing between truth and error. By that we can know the will of God for our living in this world, for through the word of God we get understanding.