For the word of God is living and active… (Hebrews 4:12).
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve inhaled books since age four. I’m ashamed to admit that I spend ninety percent more time reading for pleasure or out of curiosity than I read one of my Bibles. But when I’m in the Word, I’m whole.
Over the years I’ve read various versions of the God’s Word from cover to cover during the span of a year. King James, New American Standard (the most times), NIV reader’s version, using different plans, Women’s Devotional Bible at least three times, and The Daily Walk Bible two or three times.
Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105). One of the first Bible verses I memorized, it is a verse to meditate upon and follow.
Sometime in the past year or two, I searched for a large print Bible in chronological order and couldn’t find one in my chosen version. Now in 2024, I’m reading chronologically based on an online schedule. Using my NASB with the tattered red leather cover, a gift from Bill for our tenth anniversary, I’m keeping on schedule so far.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8).
Have you noticed how much noise there is in the world? I’m not talking about children in the house, the television blaring, motorcycle engines, pounding bass speakers from the street, or the neighbor’s pulsing music if your home is an apartment. I’m talking about the tech noise we absorb silently. What we take in from various screens is often what we live out. And it can be loud.
The unfolding of Thy words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130).
Wouldn’t the world be sweeter, and even more lovely, if what we live out and talk about refers to the Word of God, Scripture breathed out by Him? Think of it as Word in, Word out.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).
A word study of the Word in Scripture gives a rich result. I challenge you to check out some of the verses. One online search revealed a list of fifty-five references. That sounds like a time well spent.
In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).
It makes sense to me that if we take in the words of the Bible, we breathe out Jesus. I hope to remain hungry for God’s Word.