Apr 8, 2009, 8:06 AM
it is written: “Man does not live by bread alone but on every word that comes
from the mouth of God.” (John 4:4)
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.” (Psalm 119:160)
For every apparatus manufactured, there is equally a manual to guide the user how to gain maximum benefit from its features. For those who suppose they know, and who do not bother to read the fine print, they will wake up one day to discover, perhaps years after, that the apparatus was not being put to full use. Some of its special features had lain dormant all along until one day, for one reason or another, they dared to flip over the pages of the instructions manual provided.
The Christian’s guide book is the Bible. The Old Testament is a shadow of what was to come and the New Testament is the accomplishment of what was prophesied in the Old Testament. All what we read about in the Old Testament prepared us for the coming of the Saviour of humanity, Jesus the Christ.
The Bible is not a story book but God’s word to all believers; telling them how to live and what to live for because the life we live is not our own. It is a handbook for righteous living and the formula for inheriting eternal life. It is a revelation of God’s love for humanity at large. It also recounts the overture God makes to His creation and the painful birth pangs it endured because of man’s stubbornness.
God reaches out to humanity to save it from destruction and damnation. Humanity turns its back on God but God continues to offer His love – the reason He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins that all those who believe in Him will be saved. There is no other way to reach God than through His Son. “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) God did not wait for men and women to be perfect before they could come to Him. He is the potter and we are the clay. That relationship was knit at creation.
“The word of God is flawless.” (2 Samuel 22:31) meaning that we cannot find fault with it. We should be cautious therefore how we approach it. “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)
This book contains the words of God as He spoke over the ages to special people to write. It has an everlasting feature to it that surpasses time and space. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) It cannot change. God identifies Himself by His word. He and His word are indissoluble. His word blesses, uplifts, convicts, restores and purges the soul and the heart of human beings. Jesus said: “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63) The Bible cannot be understood by using mere reading or magnifying glasses; the Word of God is perceived by a man’s spiritual eyes and heart, not his head.
Jesus is the Word of God that came in the flesh---in the form of a human being---speaking only what He has heard from the Father. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
A good many people love God but not enough to read His word; it would be like fish living out of water. God’s word is and must be an integral part of our beings; we cannot do without it – like rain is to clouds.
Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, God give us this assurance: “So the word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) Not one word of God written in His book will remain unfulfilled; not one will fall to the ground without being accomplished.
The Living Word is not just a code of conduct but a book that contains the promises of God to all believers. The word of God is true. God wants to bless us abundantly as His children but we would have to tap into His word.
Very often we gaze at our circumstances, ponder over them and not use the word of God to unravel the situation. Stand on God’s words by speaking to every mountain that comes your way. Our Lord Jesus said to His disciples who could not heal a boy brought to them with epilepsy that it was because they had so little faith. “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
“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) Trust me, God has a word for any and every circumstance in our lives. Do not judge this book by its cover. Whatever you may think of it, it is the living word of God, for God is not dead but living. It derives its power from being read and spoken. Its power is not automatic because you possess one or if you leave it lying in your bookshelf or on your centre table. Unlike any other book, it is when you take from it and utter it over your circumstances that it becomes alive.
God has already spoken through His Son. We need to take heed. All that we need to learn about Him is in His Word. It is not enough to profess we are Christians if we do not know what the death of Christ has brought us. The good news of life and living is all wrapped up like a gift in the words contained in the Bible. Like Paul the Apostle we also should be saying; “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)
This book, the world’s bestseller, has a transforming effect on all who seek to appropriate its promises. Yes, it opens our eyes to God’s love for us. He wants nothing back and has given His all. He told Joshua; “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do all that is written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8) Be on God’s side! Walk according to His ways! It is for our good.