14th May 2012

The Living Word of God

“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Matthew 4:4 (NIV)
 

I’ve just installed an amazing programme (or “app”) that gives me access to the Bible through my mobile phone. 

Now, I will always prefer my Scriptures to be in a good old fashioned book, with a real cover and proper pages! However, having a small device that gives me 24/7 access to God’s word—well, I find that exciting! 

Why? Well, whenever we encounter the Bible in an attitude of humility, we will always come away changed. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) 

The agent of growth is the Holy Spirit—he uses Scripture to bring God’s will into focus in our lives (see Hebrews 10:15 as an example). The writer of Hebrews exhorts his readers to keep their attention on the One who makes these ancient writings relevant today. 

How do we approach the Bible in humility? A few years ago, I was taught to first pray for God’s guidance. Then, after reading, I was encouraged to go back to God with my reflections on his Word.

This advice revolutionised my Bible Study.  I now come to Scripture with the anticipation that I will grow in some way. Not that I have startling revelations that turn the world upside down! Instead, I am like a gardener who doesn’t notice growth every day, but at the end of a week I reflect that the garden is more mature, more colourful, than seven days before. 

Scripture is a gift from God. If we involve him in our reading, we do find that instead of a dry, very old and dusty book, we have a catalyst for growth that promotes maturity within our very souls.

 Prayer
Father, we praise you for the gift of Scripture. We ask that, as we pick up our Bibles this week, you will show us more clearly how our lives are rooted in your Son, the Lord Jesus. Teach us to receive your will into all of our heart, mind and soul.
Amen
 

Study by Ian Woodley

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