My love for the Word of God began many years ago. Our three children were ages four and under. I stayed home full time, and my husband — working hard to support our family — worked far more than full-time. When the opportunity arose to attend a women’s Bible study, one with free childcare, I jumped at it. Part of me was excited to study the Bible. The other part was longing for adult conversation and interaction.
Within weeks, I was hooked. Nap time became my time — time to pour over my lesson. What began as an academic endeavor soon became a discipline that was transforming my life. God’s Word started changing how I thought and what I sought. Following the instructions in it, I was being set free from sin through it.
There’s nothing like experiencing the reality and power of God’s Word for yourself!
Twenty-six years later, I feel I’ve only begun to uncover the treasures found in this God-breathed bound book titled The Holy Bible.
The Bible is what God says it is: alive and active. God uses it to teach us, to convict (convince) and train us. It can, in the most loving way, cut us to the core, revealing the lies we’re believing and turning us to the truth that sets us free (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16 and John 8:32).
God’s Word revives us, makes us wise, gives joy to our heart and gives light to our eyes (Psalm 19:7-11).
God’s Word shows us the power of God. It outlines the abundant provision available to us from God. And above all, God’s Word reveals the love of God.
In recent days, I’m studying the Bible in a new way. I’m seeing it more as a story, God’s story. A story whose main character is His Son Jesus. Speaking to a group of religious skeptics, Jesus said:
“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me to have eternal life” (John 5:39-40). These men knew the Scriptures. Yet when the One who was the fulfillment of the Law and prophets stood before them, they did not recognize Him.
Jesus is in the first chapter: “Let us make man in our image…” Genesis 1:26
Jesus was prophesied in Genesis 3:15 as the One who would crush the head of Satan / the serpent.
I see Jesus when God stops Abraham from sacrificing his son Isaac. The ram in the nearby bush will do until God sacrifices His only Son.
I see Jesus when Moses led God’s people out of slavery in Egypt. Jesus came and set us free from slavery to sin and the slave master called Satan.
The goal of the Bible is to draw us to Jesus. It reveals our need of Jesus and reveals all we have in Jesus. When we come to Scripture we’re coming to Jesus. When we come to Jesus, we find life. In your morning devotion, in this Sunday’s sermon, in that podcast you’ll listen to…look for Jesus. Learn of Him, be awed and amazed by Him.
Practice Way #31 of 52 Ways to Glorify God:
Make Room for God’s Word
When you do, look for Jesus. In seeing Jesus, you’ll fall more in love with Jesus. In loving Jesus, God makes you more like Jesus. In becoming like Jesus you bring glory to God.