The most important words that we will ever hear have got to be the Words of God. These are the words recorded in scripture. They are the words we need the most. They are words that should be life-changing. They are the words that should convict us. They are the words that should guide us.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105 (ESV))
We should take time to read and understand God’s Word. It is only by reading and understanding that we get to know what God requires of us.
Recently, I saw that the Bible was listed, with others (including Stephen Hawking’s, A Brief History of Time), as one of those books that people buy but never read. Sadly, that is even true of many people who profess to be Christian. On a brighter note, I know many Christians who read through their Bibles every year.
If you pray, you know that you are speaking to God. In times of great need, or great crisis, or at a time of great joy, your prayers may be, like the Psalmist, a time of “crying out” to the Lord.
Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray (Psalm 5:1–2 (ESV)).
In like manner, the Bible may be viewed as God crying out to us, getting our attention, and beseeching us to draw nearer to Him.
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints (Proverbs 2:6–8 (ESV)).
Let us never neglect to listen to what God has to say to us.
Colin R. Vine