Whether it is an app on your smart phone, a file on your digital reader or an actual paper bound book, you need to open the Word of God if you want a thriving spiritual life.
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 NIV
God’s word nourishes us like good food nourishes our body.
I Peter 2:2 likens the Bible to milk that helps a newborn grow.
Hebrews 5:12 indicates there should come a day when we graduate from milk and fill our bellies with the meat of God’s word.
Psalm 19:10 tells us God’s word is sweet like honey.
(For the record, we haven’t found any references relating God’s word to vegetables. You’ll have to visit Pastor Laura’s blog for that information!)
God’s word is the tool we use to build our lives. It’s important that we interpret the word of God accurately, because any tool can also be misused.
Throughout history, people have taken bits and pieces of God’s word and used them to cause damage. Jeremiah 23:28-29 instructs us to speak God’s word faithfully. Like fire it can bring light and warmth. Like a hammer it can build and strengthen.
Hebrews 4:12 compares the word of God to a double edged sword. You get the picture.
Don’t stress about needing to be a Bible scholar in order to accurately interpret God’s word – just read everything through the lens of God’s love and grace.
God’s word is the framework for a life well lived.
Hebrews 11:3 says “the worlds were framed by the word of God.” God spoke and our wondrous universe came into being. Don’t you want your attitudes, mindset, work, relationships and every aspect of your life to be shaped by our awesome, creative God?
God’s word shows us who we really are.
James 1:22-25 tells us the Bible is like a mirror. As we read our Bibles we see more than our reflection, we see the truth of who God created us to be.
Of all the metaphors for the Word of God, which one means the most to you today?
This is is Part 6 in a series