Everyday we need a new infusion of life, strength and empowerment from God. One of the greatest ways this comes to us is through a daily intake of the life-giving word of God. The word of God comes to us from the heart of God to reveal the will of God and refresh the people of God. Through the word of God we are equipped for every challenge that comes before us (2 Tim. 3:16).
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This book is the mind of God. The state of Man. The way of salvation. The doom of sinners. And the happiness of believers.
It’s doctrines are holy. It’s precepts are binding. It’s histories are true. And it’s decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise. Believe it to be safe. Practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s character. Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is it’s grand subject, our good it’s design, and the glory of God it’s end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.
Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. Follow it’s precepts, and it will guide you to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to a resurrected life in Christ, and yes; to glory itself, for eternity.
The Word of God is a book of sustenance. Matthew 4:4 says: “Jesus answered; man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” If we are living life on a purely physical level and thinking that all we need for sustenance is physical food, we are starving our souls. You don’t want to be like a homeless person who starves themselves to death who has a huge bank account sitting untouched. We have the ability and access to the sustenance, but we need to take in the sustenance for its benefits to be released in our lives. We need more intake of the word of God if we want to live life the way God intended life to be lived.
Jesus said in John 6:63 that “The words that I speak to you; they are spirit and they are life.” Deuteronomy 32:46 says: “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you. They are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing into the Jordan to possess.” These words are your very life.
We should not consider the regular intake of the Word of God as a duty any more than we consider breathing or eating a duty. Taking in the word of God should be thought of more as taking a drink of water for our parched souls.
A man named Anatole Sheranski, a Jew living in Russia, was detained as his wife was leaving for freedom in Israel. His parting words to her were “I will see you soon in Jerusalem”. But he was imprisoned for years, being stripped of all his belongings except for a miniature copy of the Psalms. Once, during his imprisonment, his refusal to hand the book over to the authorities lead to 130 days in solitary confinement. Finally, 12 years after parting with his wife (1986), he was offered his freedom. But in the final moments of captivity, the guards tried again to confiscate his book of Psalms. Anatole threw himself face down on the snow and said “No!”, refusing to walk to freedom without the book. Eventually, the guards conceded and freed him. That shows how valuable those life-giving words were to him. Friend, the word of God is your life.
Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.”
Do you ever feel like you need replenishing and reviving in your soul? Then it is time to commit yourself to regular intakes of the word of God on your own, with your family and in community with other believers!