His Word Brings Joy Series
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.
Do you have a physical copy of the Bible? Not the one on your phone but the kind with pages you turn with your fingers. You know – where the pages get stuck, and you must lick said fingers?
How do you feel when you pick it up and hold it? What have the words inside meant to you? How does this book, God’s Word, bring you joy?
Many of us have gotten away from treasuring its physical form as we rely on reading from our digital devices. Yet, what a beautiful, tangible book it is. The story of the Creator of heaven and earth in our actual hands. What a gift to hold. To own.
There are people groups who don’t have access to it because it’s not yet written in their language or it is forbidden. Also, many in Western society have never read the Bible.
So, the words we read in this book (digital form or sticky pages) are not those we hear in today’s culture. They are radically unique, dripping in joy, hope, and help. In God’s Word are His words. So, this isn’t just a book printed with a bunch of, well – words. No, it is God-breathed.
It is the handiwork of God: a sign and a wonder.
And just like Jesus spoke to His followers on the dusty roads of Cana, God still speaks to us today through this book.
Sometimes, I take my Bible for granted, forgetting its gift – faded memories of how God speaks to me through these words. As I open this precious book, I see my highlights and handwritten notes: a treasure of comfort, evidence of joy.
I have spent 2023 focusing on more of God, making room for more of Him in my life, heart, and soul. So, what a perfect way to hone in on this “more of God” thing by looking at how His Word brings joy.
I’ll share seven short posts in a series on this topic these next few weeks. Are you in?
“The sweetest joys and delights I have experienced have not been those that have arisen from a hope of my own good estate, but in direct view of the glorious things of the gospel”