“Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your Word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.”
(Psalm 119:17,18 ESV)
“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.”
(1 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV)
I thought of these Scriptures as I read these quotes this morning. Having God’s Word so easily accessible to us is a profound privilege. We should regard our time in the Word as precious time with the God of the universe who loves us so much and wants a personal, love relationship with me, His creation! I still have trouble wrapping my brain around that. . .
But do we really understand the responsibility and the accountability that living in a Scripture-saturated country brings? It isn’t enough just to say that I learned the Bible stories when I was a kid, or that I’ve read through the Bible this many times, or that I’ve memorized “x” amount of verses. The true test of whether or not the Word is “in me” is in what flows out of me. Does my life match up with what I know? Do I do what the Word says, or am I content to just read it and walk away unchanged? Do I approach my time in the Word as a duty to be accomplished, or do I cling to His Word as my life?
Here are the quotes that I read this morning that sparked this reflections. . .
“If you would follow on to know the Lord, come at once to the open Bible expecting it to speak to you. Do not come with the notion that it is a thing which you may push around at your convenience. “