Sunday, February 2, 2020

Reading the Word

Last week in my blog post we discussed the need for prayer and a constant awareness of the Lord's presence in our lives.  This week we are going to discuss the need for getting into God's Word, the Bible.  Both are necessary for the soul in the same way as food is to the physical body.  In fact, the survival of one's soul is dependent on how much we feed on God's Word. Prayer and Bible reading, coupled with an intimate relationship with the Lord, add joy and completeness to our lives.  Things and people of this world may give temporary happiness and pleasure, but only these things can eternally satisfy.

The Word of God id different than any other book, magazine, or social media source.  It is the only real source of truth.  Truth is not found in ourselves or some other outside resource.  It is only found in the Word of God, the Bible.  The Bible is living and active in our lives.  It is a source of comfort like nothing else when we are hurting, because it is the very words of God to us.  It gives perspective and can relieve our confusion.  It is our source of guidance and often can convict us of our need to change attitudes or actions.   It can further convict us of our shallowness.  Above all, it tells us of salvation which is found only in Jesus (Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23).

There is a sweetness in God's Word.  The Psalms speak of God's Word as being sweeter than honey which was the sweetest thing available in the time the Bible was written and before refined sugar was invented.  God's Word when read and applied to our lives gets rid of bitterness, sorrow, and pain.  It can add vigor and vitality to our lives.  When our days become sad or life feels like it has no purpose, the Word of God can sweeten and encourage us.  The Word of God and its promises can strengthen and help us when even the unthinkable occurs in our lives.  Spending time in God's Word has helped me immensely in past trials and difficulties, and it continues to be a blessing to me today.

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