Pr. 2:1: “My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you…”
We just got home from a 6-day visit with our family in WV. Last Wednesday, about 30 minutes up the interstate, I realized I had forgotten my Bible. No!!!!!!!! As the realization set in, I felt like I was missing an appendage. I knew my in-laws had many Bibles at their house, and my husband assured me I could use his, as well, but that didn’t ease the disappointment in my heart. My Bible is a part of me.
While the other Bibles still contain the Word of God, they can not replace the relationship I have with my personal Bible. I have wept over, agonized over, and sought the will of God through my personal Bible. I have diligently studied and voraciously turned the pages, trying to find more of God in my personal Bible. The Lord has spoken to me, counseled me, rebuked me, and guided me through my own Bible. I know exactly where to find scriptures in my own Bible, even without the exact scripture reference, because I’ve been in it so much that I know on what part of the page the scripture is typed.
I have poured myself into my Bible, and the Lord has poured into me. I treasure the words in my Bible like nothing else. Knowing I would be without it for 6 days truly felt like an eternity.
Is this how you feel about the Word of God? Maybe you’re not like me, needing 1 specific Bible to hear the Word of God. (like a baby with their pacifier. haha) But is the Word of God your treasure? Do you need the Word so much that allowing a day to go by leaves you disappointed? Does the thought of missing 2 days in God’s word leave you knowing that you’d be missing out on the most important thing in your life?
The Word of God is a critical component of our relationship with God. We speak to God through prayer, and He can speak to us and to our hearts through His Holy Spirit. We also need to hear His voice through the Word which He has provided. The Word is vital, which is why it referred to as the sword in the set of armor we are encouraged to put on each day. The Lord breathed life into His Word, and when we burrow in, consider, and explore it, He breathes life into us.
Pulling my Bible off the shelf this morning brought a rush of exhilaration to me this morning. My Bible! I was so joyful as I unzipped the cover and opened the pages. I hope the same joy finds you today as you read and consider the Word.