What role does a consideration of God’s Word play in comprising your life?
For some, being led and counseled and nourished by Scripture is a normal, healthy discipline practiced each and every day. But if I were to speculate, for many this is not the case.
It is interesting that we will readily testify to a perceived reality of God’s Word as a foundational part of who we are as believers, and yet what we generally mean by “foundational,” is our understanding of Scripture, rather than its message spoken routinely into our lives.
In gratitude the Psalmist acknowledges, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
In reliance he confesses, “I have hidden your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
In order for Scripture to be “a lamp to our feet and a light to our path” and so that we might have the philosophy of God’s Word such that it is wholly “hidden within our hearts” (with the goal of fidelity to God) – continual, intentional time must be invested into facilitating our Father ministering to us through His Holy Word. Certainly He ministers and speaks to us through His Spirit and through life, but Scripture, if it is to be all that our God intends in our lives, is to be unequivocally formative and central.
And as we read the Bible, what is our purpose? What is our aim? What is our goal? Because how we approach Scripture is crucial. Do we read God’s Word so that we might master it? Or so that we might be mastered? Do we study so as to gain support of our presuppositions? Or so that we might be filled by God?
At the beginning of the year many make renewed commitments to read and study Scripture. I want to encourage you in this. However my prayer is that we would not only be committed to being a people of Scripture, continually fed by Almighty God through His Holy Word, but also, in our study, have the paramount agenda of closeness and faithfulness to God.
Because if I understand anything from our Lord it is this: He honors genuineness. And He honors faithfulness.
Glory to God!