The fact that you are reading this shows that you know the importance of words. They are the bedrock of communication. We use words both to inspire and to destroy, to inform and to deceive. Words can help us to raise from the valleys in life or cause us to find the deepest of them. Words are vital to humanity, so much so that God has chosen words as His principal source of communication with us.
In holy Scripture we hear from God in real time. His Words to us are given as a gift from the Creator of all, to even the most lowly. In Scripture we are guided along the narrow path toward salvation. It includes instruction on how to take every step, as well as warnings for all the things that might attempt to pull us off.
Because, you see, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). “Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
It’s easy to pick up a Bible and think of it as just another book. It looks like a book and it has words in it like a book, but it is far from ordinary. In the pages of Scripture, the Holy Spirit works through its words to ground us in faith. Within its pages He guides us into an understanding well beyond our capacity to achieve on our own.
Matthew 24:35 tell us that, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words will not pass away.” That is because Scripture is eternal. It is as relevant now as it was on the day it is written. Its truths stand the test of time and were inspired by a God who does not change. “The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:11).
Every Word within Scripture was written for a purpose and nothing is included without thought. Every book, every letter was written for a reason, to bring believers into a closer relationship with its Author. Every paragraph penned with a function to bring the reader to the truth of life itself, both our life on earth and our everlasting life to come.
In Isaiah 55:10-11 God tells us, “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
In God’s Words are all the secrets to life, all the keys to unlock the questions that people have about the why’s and how’s of existence. We are simply asked to believe in the Words of Scripture as truth, every book, every sentence, every word.
That’s a tall order for many who have depended too much on the promises of the world. Those who have been deceived by the empty promises of the world hold little hope in yet more promises made. They resist the truth because they don’t want to be let down yet again by fantasy and half-truths. It is easier to reject it then to put hope into it because their hope as already been shattered by the deception of the devil organized through worldly means.
If you find yourself among the many who have rejected God’s Words in full or in part, I invite you to investigate the power of God’s word even as a skeptic. Open up the pages of Scripture with an open mind and see if it doesn’t start to make perfect sense. Break it apart little by little in honesty and with a willingness to see every angle. I’m absolutely convinced you will begin to see Scripture for what it is. An open invitation from the God of all creation to be welcomed as sons and daughters of the Most High.
The Word of God is very powerful for those who take the time to study its pages. If you are neglecting your opportunity to let God speak to you through Scripture, I urge you to find some time alone, every day, just you and God, as He makes clear His purpose for you through what He has inspired. Come to understand what the Psalmist realized when he wrote, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105. Please pray with me:
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us enough to give us the Scriptures by which we come to know You more. Give us the willingness to depend on it for our direction and inspire us through its words to come to the truth. Amen.