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But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.""
- Matthew 4:4 ESV
My husband and I have been married for almost 30 years but we have known each other for over 42 years (I realize that this information reveals a lot about my age). After all these years, which has included many ups and downs, Jon and I love each other more than ever. When we were in college we would write letters to each other and I remember being so excited to hear from him. Although we weren’t physically together, those letters kept us close and involved in each other’s life.
As much as we care for one another, there is One who loves us so much more...God. And because He desires a relationship with us, “God has breathed out His inspired Word so that we can be complete and equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). The Word is a gift that we have to connect and to learn from Him.
The Bible contains 66 books but it is actually one big story about the redemption of mankind. It opens with creation and the fall of mankind and then in Genesis 3:15 the redeemer is introduced, Jesus. From here on the authors (about 40 of them) are divinely inspired to record the relationship with God and His people. His wisdom, His goodness, His intentions, His judgment, and His heart are presented for each one of us to soak in. The Word is an infallible guide to live by and it equips us to face this world.
Here are some examples of what God communicates to us:
- If He commands us to do something (i.e. the Great Commission), we look to Him for strength and resolve in order to carry this out. (Ephesians 3:20)
- When He indicts us about sin in our life, we should respond with sorrow and repentance. (2 Corinthians 7:10)
- He makes us promises and we must marvel at his grace and trust that he will be faithful. (Proverbs 3:5)
- Danger lurks all around us, and God warns us and helps us combat Satan. (Ephesians 6:11)
- God teaches and trains us to be discerning in order to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:14)
- God uses the Bible to correct and equip us so we can be victorious in life and remove anything in us that is not from Him. (1 John 5:4)
- Finally, we get more of Jesus and all of the good contained in Him. Through Him we are sanctified for God’s mission. (John 17:17)
I must admit that God's love is so much deeper than I can imagine and I am overwhelmed and grateful for His love letter. It is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, without error and, therefore, it is the supreme and final authority for faith and practice. God is love and every day I need His Word just as I need to breathe. Read it, enjoy it, live it!
1. Do I read and study the Bible to know God better or am I merely checking off a box?
2. Am I allowing His entire Word to guide me daily without picking and choosing the verses I prefer?
Lord God, I thank You for Your Word. I pray that as I study and read the Bible You will reveal new things to me. Give me wisdom to understand better but to also be content in the reality that Your Word is a mystery. Lord, my desire is to know You better, to share Your love with others, and to give You all the glory! I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen!
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