12th August 2018

Wearing the Word

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—”
1 John 1:1 (NKJV UK)

If you’ve been a Christian for a long period of time, you’re probably familiar with the Armour of God. If you aren’t, here’s a quick refresher. “Therefore take up the whole armour of God…having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the…gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:13-17).

The imagery Paul is using here is of a relationship with God’s word and character that is so close and intimate, that we can actually wear it like a garment. Pretty cool, right? And while ‘wearing words’ might seem a strange idea, there is a real historical precedent for it. In the 15th century, the nuns of a convent in Northern Germany actually sewed old leftover parchment manuscripts into their robes. When I heard about that, I couldn’t help but think of the Armour of God, and the close relationship between God’s Word and ourselves that is implied by it.

Throughout Scripture, we see this relationship in the lives of people such as David, who described God’s word as a lamp for my feet, and a light for my path (Psalm 119:105), or the Apostle Paul, who used his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Old Testament to aid in sharing the Gospel with the Jews. Or even Christ himself, who used Scripture to resist temptation from the Devil in the desert. For the giants of our faith, knowing and loving the words of God was as necessary for daily life as their own clothing—a companion they kept close through constant prayer, meditation, and memorisation.

And for good reason, too. When stresses, frustrations, and pain begin to add up, the word of God is a refuge that’s always waiting to provide solace, peace, and direction for us. It can be a compass that gets us through the storms of life, reminding us of the character, love, and will of our Heavenly Father. So the next time life’s storms have you turned around and wondering which way is up, do like those giants of the faith did, and turn to God’s Word!

Prayer
Merciful Father, thank you for your words, recorded in Scripture for us, and lived for us as the Word through the life of Jesus Christ. Human beings like to think that they are self-sufficient, but the reality is that we are dependent on your guidance and inspiration for success in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach

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About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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