There was a day they were just words on a page. Words with out much meaning. At least so it seemed to me. They didn’t seem to speak anything to me. Not like they did to others.
I would use words like, “boring” or “too hard” to describe the book. It would sit on my shelf to only be picked up occasionally. I knew that the Words that are written on those pages were God's very word written for me. I just didn’t understand what they meant to me.
But I wanted to know God. The only way to know God is to know His Word. I cried out to God. I didn’t know what to do!
What a blessing!! God knew just what to do! :-)
He brought the opportunity into my life to learn how to study His word. How to slow down and observe the text, reading it in context. While reading ask questions of the text. Who is talking and to whom? Why are they saying? Why? Where is it taking place? What is happening? When?
What happened was amazing. God’s word became alive. I began to understand and see truth I hadn’t seen before. I began to see God.
As I asked questions of the text and looked up cross references and study the historical context I began to see a whole world of truth open up. I began to hunger and thirst for more. It was an unquenchable thirst.
It had to be fed. I had to know. I had to go deeper. As I dug down deep into the words I began to gain knowledge of who God is, what He has done and what He will do. I saw that His Word is life to the believer, it's the air we breathe. It's His love letter. ‘
We should long for those times when we are in it. Don't get me wrong there are days I miss, but my heart aches to be in the Word if it's been too many days. It's painful to my soul! As a believer if you are not completely passionate about reading and studying God's Word you might want to examine your heart.
Seriously, how can we, as His children, not have a deep desire to KNOW God?
I do hunger after God's Word, it’s a hunger that comes from God. There is nothing in me that would desire it. I still fail, at times, to be in it like I want. But those times I skip it I can tell you that I become like a person anxious to get back to her favorite book to see what happens next!
What is so amazing about it all? God speaks to ME through His words!! He will speak to you also.
So today I am so very blessed for God's Word written to me...
His Word keeps me blameless and pure
His Word is a treasure I store in my heart
Memorizing His Word may keep me from sin
I meditate on His Word and delight in it
I am strengthen by His Word
His Word offers me hope
It is a light for my path
His Word brings freedom
It gives understanding (Ps 119)
His Word is Truth (John 17:17)
It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness
It equips me for every good work (2Titus 3:16,17)
His Word is my sword (Eph 6:17)
His Word is living and active
It is sharper than any double-edged sword
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Heb 4:12)
Reading His Word brings joy to my heart (Ps 19:8)
His Word is trustworthy (Ps 111:7)
Of course there are many more reasons to be THANKFUL for His WORD, but you'll have to study it for yourself to find out. If you want to know how to study check this out!
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