Nobody’s perfect. How often have we heard that? How often have we said that? But it’s true. In fact, when you think about it, the idea of perfection is highly overrated. When we do encounter perfection, I’d suggest it is more of a relative state than an absolute reality. And, in cases where perfection might be achieved, such as a perfect test score, it doesn’t indicate perfect knowledge but a limited perfect performance . . . in fact, imperfection is just around the corner with the next set of subject matter material. Those who are realistic, pursue perfection with an expectation of getting better, but not as a goal they think can be reached. Those who pursue perfection without such a grounded view, are destined for frustration and failure. Perfection has its limits . . . but not so the Word of God.
I have seen a limit to all perfection, but Your commandment is exceedingly broad. (Psalm 119:96 ESV)
This contrast grabbed me this morning as I was reading the songwriter’s love letter to the counsel of God. Imagine what you will as perfection, and you’ll know it has its boundaries . . . that it only goes so far. But pause and meditate, even if for a brief time, on the revealed Word of God, and its expanse is beyond comprehension. If perfection is a studio apartment, then the precepts of God are a roomy, multi-roomed sprawling mansion. If perfection is your backyard, then the God-breathed Scriptures are a vast field stretching in all directions as far as the eye can see.
Why spend a lot of time roaming about a studio apartment with a hide-a-bed when you can explore a luxurious estate with more rooms–all decorated throughout with jaw-dropping fine furniture and art–to encounter than you have time for? Why settle for your fenced in backyard, when there are unending trails to be explored in every direction you turn? Why settle for the pursuit of limited perfection when God’s Word, His exceedingly wide word, beckons to be explored?
It is in the exceedingly broad revelation of God that we find eternal life. It is there we find the mind of God. It is there we find an eternal perspective that puts our temporal problems in context. It’s there, in the Word of God uncontained by the horizons, that we find true perfection . . . Jesus, the Christ.
He is the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets (Matt. 5:17) . . . all the promises of God are “Yes!” and “Amen!” in Him (2Cor. 1:10). You explore the expanse of the Spirit-written Word of God and your hearts burn within you as the Promised One is revealed (Luke 24:32). Engage the living Word and it will, like a sword, penetrate to places you didn’t know need to be penetrated . . . laying bare that which we might think is best kept covered . . . and then apply the grace-infused balm of the gospel, bringing healing and redemption.
No limits to the reach and impact of the Word. No boundaries to what it will, by the illuminating agency of the Spirit, reveal, redeem, and renew.
I have seen a limit to all perfection . . . but the Word, both written and Living, is exceedingly wide . . . and His perfection gloriously revealed.
He is beyond perfection . . . amen?