Love for the Word
Do you have a deep and sincere love for God’s Word? Does it show in your life?
How often in our busy days do we take a few quiet minutes to stop and open our Bibles, to draw closer to our God? Better yet, do we start our day in God’s Word showing Him that He is truly first in our life? How important is it to be in God’s Word everyday?
Jesus says in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
That makes God’s Word sound pretty important. What do you think Jesus meant by that? It almost sounds like our Spiritual food is more important to our life than our physical food. Jesus was quoting from Scripture where Moses was talking to the Israelites.
Deut 8:2-3 “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
Back in Matthew 4 the context is that Jesus had just fasted for forty days and He was hungry
Matt 4:3-4 “Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
What might have happened if Jesus did not have that Scripture in His heart and mind when He needed it? What might happen to us if we don’t have God’s Word in our heart and mind when we need it? Do you think Jesus was saying, it’s better to obey God’s Word than to satisfy our human desires? Jesus seems to be saying something very similar to His disciples when they are encouraging Him to eat some food.
John 4:34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
Jesus was very specific about His Word.
John 8:31-32 ”Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Jesus prayed that His Father would sanctify us by the Truth of His Word
John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
If we are not in God’s Word everyday, how can the Father sanctify us? How can we receive His blessing? And how about those people who don’t want to receive Jesus’ words.
John 12:47-48 “And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him — the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”
Jesus had an intense love for God’s Word and it showed in His obedience.
John 15:10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.”
Jesus also warned that just reading His Word without obedience was useless.
John 5:38-40 “But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”
Jesus’ brother James also repeated that warning.
James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. “
Paul tells us that God’s Word was given to us that we might have hope.
Rom 15:4 “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Do you have that hope in your heart today?
Paul tells us that God’s Word is actually the sword of the Spirit, our weapon of offense against satan.
Eph 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”
Paul encourages us to always be armed and ready for conflict against our enemies, satan, the world and our own sinful nature.
The Psalms have a lot to say about loving God’s Word and being in the Word often, everyday. In the very first Psalm the Lord wants us to hear.
Ps 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.”
And Psalm 119 speaks of love for God’s Word thirty-eight times.
Ps 119:10-11 “With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”
Ps 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
That tells me that God’s Word will keep us and lead us on the right path. And His promise to us is
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Ps 32:8
And perhaps this is a summary of the joy in the Psalmist’s heart when he said,
Ps 119:111”Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.”
The Psalms are overflowing with God’s love. We have the sure promise of the Lord.
Ps 121:7-8 “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.”
What does David say about God’s Word?
In Ps 19:7-10 “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”
Do we feel that way about God’s Word? Again the words of David penetrate my heart.
Ps 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”
Do we have the courage to pray that prayer? Can you feel David’s intense love for God and His Word? So, how can we love God and His Word as David did? The only way to love God’s Word is to be faithful in reading it daily with an open heart to hear what the Lord wants to say to you. Just like our earthly relationships, when we communicate daily with our Heavenly Father, then our love relationship with Him grows. So is it important to be in God’s Word everyday? Is it important to show our Heavenly Father that we put Him first in every area of our life?
The disciple John knew the importance of loving God’s Word.
John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
What are you going to do with the Word of God today? What place are you going to give the Word of God in your heart and in your life? My suggestion is that we do what the Word of God says. This is the disciple John speaking
Rev 1:2-3 “Who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”