John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
- Reflect On: John 1:14 & 1 Thessalonians 2:13.
- Praise God: For His living, active Word.
- Offer Thanks: For the freedom to read and study the Bible.
- Confess: Any negligence of God’s Word.
- Ask God: To make you hungry for His Word.
I remember my first Bible. I loved running my fingers across the grain of its rich, red leather binding, elegantly stamped in gold… Inside the words of Christ were printed in the requisite red ink on thin, gilded pages. Though I prized it as the most beautiful book I had ever seen, I don’t remember reading it—not ever. It never occurred to me that God could speak to me through this ancient, holy book.
Year later I began to read it, hungry for a sense of God’s presence in my life. Since then I have read through the Bible several times. To be honest, I haven’t found it easy or always pleasant. Often I have had to force myself through the long genealogies and the endless records of wars and disasters. But imperfect as my efforts have been, I have been richly rewarded. The more I read, the more I see. Connections get made. Lights go on. God speaks. Often, when I am facing some difficult or puzzling situation, God reminds me of a Scripture passage I have read. And it makes all the difference.
[Certain] experiences have convinced me of the importance of reading Scripture whether I feel like it or not. Opening myself to God’s Word is a way of investing myself in the conversation God wants to have with me. It is a way of clearing the channel for communication, of giving Him room to speak while I listen.
I believe that God wants to speak to every one of His children through the words of Scripture. If you have been letting your Bible languish on the shelf, maybe it’s time to start reading it on a regular basis. If you don’t own a Bible, consider buying a modern translation … that will help you understand the text. And as you read, pray. Ask Jesus, the Word made flesh, to communicate His heart and mind to you. He is eager to speak. Be eager to listen. Decide to base your life on His Word. Lean all your weight on it. It will hold you, nourish you, challenge you, and change you. If you let it, God’s Word will become flesh in you.