Valuing the Word of God

John chapter seventeen records Jesus’s prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. In verse seventeen we read, “Sanctify them by Your truth, Your word is truth.” Psalm 138:2 NKJV “I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.”

The Word of God is the most valuable thing we own, it is the most valuable thing we can give, and it contains the only message we need. Really as Christians, the Bible is our starting point, our ending point, our security, our hope, the Bible is our everything. John 1:14 says, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would lead and guide us into all truth and bring to our remembrance everything Jesus said.

The message of salvation is found in the Word of God. We know that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, but how do we point people to Jesus? Psalm 19:7 NKJV “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting (restoring) the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple,” Paul said in Galatians that the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ. I find apologetics very interesting, but if we make anything other than the Scripture the foundation of our apologetic we will miss it. God gave no explanation of His existence, He simply began the Bible with, “In the beginning God…” That is not to say we don’t address other concerns, use science and literature or any number of other things. But in the end, if someone is not convinced of the truth of Scripture they will not be converted. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. It’s easy to trust in a method but Jesus said, “if I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me.”

What about life? What about family issues, business decisions, health, finances, and so many other issues? If you want to get right down to it, the Bible is the best self-help book you could own. God is the creator and sustainer of the universe, He is your creator. Scripture says He knows what you need before you ask. Proverbs is a book of wisdom. Ecclesiastes talks about plenty of life issues. James is a book of practical wisdom dealing with trials, taming our tongue, dealing with people, endurance, and meeting people’s needs. What about when God seems not to answer prayer? The book of Job has great insight. Paul was told grace was sufficient and again James has much to say about difficulty.

In a lot of Bibles it will have a section titled where to turn when, and it gives various topics and Scriptures that address that topic. If your Bible doesn’t have something like that you can always look things up on a Bible app. God gave us a book. A book of answers, hope, encouragement, correction, instruction, and more. 1 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Instead of trying to understand yourself through the enneagram, turn to the Scripture. Instead of asking for a prophetic word, turn to the more sure word of prophecy, the Scriptures. Begin to place more value on the Word by spending time in it. If you read the verse of the day, start reading the chapter. If you just have a hard time understanding how the Bible relates to life, read a Proverb each day. Spend the next thirty days reading Psalm 119 once a day. Begin building your confidence in the Word just by reading it. Read Hebrews 11, see how the people in the Old Testament trusted God and let it build your faith. Make a quality decision to give the Word of God more of your attention.

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