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The Living Word

November 30, 2012

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” – Joshua 1:8

 

Why is the Bible called the Living Word? Because it is alive! Think about this: that from every book, every chapter, and down to the very last verse, that each and every word within was dictated by an Almighty God unto His obedient servants down throughout the ages. Think about the fact that after the names and deeds of great kings and heroes were long forgotten, after powerful world-empires rose and fell, after legendary cities of old crumbled to the ground, and after the men who built them had long passed into dust, that His Word should remain; weathering death, destruction, catastrophe, and Time itself to survive unto this present day. And think about how, though there is a beginning and end to this wonderful Book, that the lessons inside are without end: no matter how many times you might decide to read through its contents, it can speak so differently each and every time! This is because – as the Living Word of God – it adapts to fit our every need, our every trial, our every test; it gives wisdom when we seek wisdom, strength when we seek strength, hope when we need hope, and faith when we so desperately desire faith. It shapes itself to each of our lives – as different and varied as they may be – while at the same time never altering at all. What, but God’s own Word could accomplish such a thing? To be changing yet unchangeable? So much effort was put into its creation; so much time invested in its completion…yet how much time do we invest in learning all that it offers? Because, as the Lord tells Joshua in the verse above, to know God’s word is the path to prosperity; and to understand it is the means to obedience. For how can we abide by what we are ignorant of? And how can we teach what we do not know? Christ said, “If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) That would mean we need to know those commandments – heart and soul – first, wouldn’t it? Otherwise, how could we ever keep them?

 

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:2-3) This is the promise of our God: that to know Him is to be blessed with prosperity and plenty…and our God cannot lie! So, I ask today, do we all have a delight in the word of our Lord? Do we have a desire within us to increase our knowledge of Him and His Son – our Savior Jesus Christ? It brings the old song lyrics to my mind: “I want to know more about my Lord.” Because we all should want to know as much as we possibly can about the God who created us, and the Son who shed His blood upon the cross so that we might be eternally free…”And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Eph. 3:19)

 

“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy works; I muse on the work of Thy hands.” (Psalm 143:5) Because, brethren, we are given this great gift to meditate upon, and to learn from: this compilation of God’s Word we call the Bible. It is a record of all His mighty works, of all His wonderful servants, and – most importantly – of His great sacrifice. I ask everyone today to take advantage of this gift…not take it for granted. Because it is given to us for a reason: to learn from, to teach from, and to be blessed from. We forfeit so many of those blessings because we fail to take the time to study and meditate upon His word; to gain knowledge, strength, hope, and faith from the Book that we can rightly call God’s own testimony. So use each and every opportunity you are given to get into His Word: find the solution to every puzzle and the answers to all those questions you carry. Its all in there. When you hold the Bible in your hands, you are holding the sum of all Godly wisdom on earth: nothing less. So, read and be guided by the Holy Spirit as you do; watch as His truth and His love are revealed to you, unfolding and coming to life with every turn of the page of His Living Word.

 

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” – Col. 3:16

 

Be blessed,

Joshua

 

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