I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.
Incorruptible, infallible, inerrant – those are some impressive words that perfectly describe the Word of God! Scholars have dissected and debated it for centuries. Men and women were beheaded, exiled, burned at the stake, banished from their homelands, and labeled heretics so we may have the privilege of studying this sacred Scripture.
This Word has withstood the flames of the trial; it has been tried and been found true. Cynics have mocked it for centuries, but it has silenced its scoffers. It has been debated in classrooms, diluted in pulpits, and misused by scheming men. For all of the abuse leveled at it, the Word of God endures. It is sharper than a two-edged sword. Like a surgeon’s scalpel, it cuts through everything – all of our doubt and defenses – to open us up to believe and receive what God says. It exposes and sifts, analyzes and judges the very thoughts and purposes of our hearts. No one is impervious to its truth. We cannot escape its reach (Hebrews 4:12).
When we ingest it, this Word comes to abide in us. It takes root in our hearts to make us strong (I John 2:14). It establishes and steadies. The Psalmist declared that God’s words were sweeter than honey (Psalm 119:103). Jeremiah devoured the words of the Lord and declared them a joy and a delight (Jeremiah 15:16). Job said that he treasured God’s word like his daily bread (Job 23:12).
Isaiah assured us that the grass may wither, and the flower may fade, but the Word of the Lord endures forever (Isaiah 40:8). It will stand for eternity. Every jot, every tittle, every comma, every period, every letter, every line, every word – all will be fulfilled in Christ. No deception can be found in its pages.
Like Job, hunger after God’s words like the food that is necessary for life itself. Like Jeremiah, gobble them up. Take joy in all the discoveries and the mysteries that you unravel. Find the character and the promises of God in His Word. Allow its truth to become the bedrock foundation of your life. Allow that truth to transform your mind, your heart, and your very life.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the treasure of Your Word. Help me to discipline myself to make it a daily priority. Open the eyes of my understanding as I read it. Help me to hide it in my heart, to memorize and meditate on it. Fill me up with confidence, conviction, and the TRUTH that is found in You! In the name of Jesus…Amen.
Today’s Bible Reading:
Psalms & Proverbs