We’ve all seen it – the massive, ancient-looking Bible that sits on the coffee table in our grandparent’s living room. It is so old that, as kids, we thought it may actually be the original Bible. Like, the first one. The cover looks brittle and a quarter of an inch of dust is layered on the top. It looks cool, but what would someone actually use that thing for? It is a decoration, not a book. Just don’t mess it up.
Or, think of the unbelievably worn-out Bibles the ladies carry around at church. Every page looks like one of those coloring pages they give to kids at restaurants with somebody’s grocery list written on the margins. What is all of that scribbling? And is that even allowed?
One of the first things we hear after accepting Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of our lives is that we need to “get into The Word.” OK, sounds awesome. Let’s do that. Should I just pick a random page and start reading? How do I do this?
Before we can encourage and lead our families in pursuing the promises of God found within His Word, we have to understand how to do this for ourselves. Let’s spend the next few weeks understanding what the Bible is and how God wants us to utilize it in our spiritual walk.
What is The Word?
When we refer to “The Word”, “God’s Word”, or “Scripture”, we are talking about The Bible – the recorded history of God’s interaction and relationship with human beings. The words of the Bible are inspired by God and meant to teach, encourage, guide, and call us to His love and promises for us.
What am I supposed to do?
Our primary call is to spend time in God’s Word as often and as consistently as possible. The third chapter of 2 Timothy tells us that, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16), meaning that the precepts found in God’s Word are the lamp we use to light our path in this life. The key to a growing relationship with God is to understand how He feels about us and what He wants for us, and His Word is the primary source of that information.
How do I use The Word?
Week 1 – Hide The Word in Our Heart
In Psalm 119, King David writes that he has “hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11). What the Psalmist is saying here is that he has studied, consumed, and meditated on God’s word to the extent that he knows it in his heart. Elsewhere in Scripture we are instructed to, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23). It becomes clear that hiding God’s Word in our hearts – which is done through consistently spending time learning it and allowing the Holy Spirit to help us understand it – will lead to us living more and more from the truth and hope of God’s Word and less from the things and beliefs of the world.
Spend the next week hiding Proverbs 4:23 in your heart. Think about it, memorize it, meditate on it. Read the verse in a few different Bible translations. Read some commentaries on the verse.
At the end of the week journal what this verse means to you.