At His Word

Psalm 19; Proverbs 1:1–8; Romans 15:4–13 (read online ⧉)

When you read the , are you reading s or are you reading the Word?

If you have been a Christian for any length of time you know what the “right” answer is. That doesn’t mean that for you it is the true answer. Many people read the Bible because it is the “right” thing to do, or they’ve developed habits (which is good, too).

The saddest uation is those that read the Bible but have lost the joy and with reading. If you’ve never had any joy or , then the opening question applies. If you’ve lost the joy and …it might be time to pause and reflect.

There are a lot of ways and methods and suggestions on how to read the . It’s not that they don’t matter, they aren’t the first step. You need to know your reason for reading the . One could say that the most you get out of it will be based on what you put into it. Yet, that really doesn’t fit with the , at least not as a whole. What you might get out of Deuteronomy will likely be different then you get out of the Psalms which will be different than Proverbs.

The closest description one can probably use regarding all of the (other than “the Word of ”) is a letter. Yes, it is a very long letter. It also is filled with many hard things. We look around us, and the world is much the same. It is filled with beauty and . It is filled with darkness.

There are a few absolutes in the about the . The psalmist writes about the instructions. Solomon writes about ’s . Paul talks about how the past speaks to the now and the future.

Prayer

Jesus, somehow you are the Word of and so are the we have been n. Thank you for this , for it shows us time and time again the unfathomableness of . Holy Spirit, guide as we read the Word. Help us to see the Father’s to us. Amen

Questions

1) What is your favorite book of the Bible (if it is a Psalm, which one)? Why? How does it tell you about , and about you?

2) How would you describe the to another believer? How would describe them to a non-believer?

3) If you were stuck on an island (or in your house), would the bible be enough for you? Would it be sufficient?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.