In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Joh 1:1)
And the Word was made 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. (Joh 1:14, emphasis mine)
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I [Jesus] speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (Joh 6:63, emphasis mine)
There are many verses within the Word of God (the Bible) that speak about words and even the Word of God itself. We could perform an exhaustive study about how words can bring life or condemnation or how a husband is to sanctify and cleanse his wife with his words just as Christ does the church (see Eph 5:25-27), etc. However, the intent of this post is to focus on the Word of God as our source of truth and life.
Having walked through the valley of the shadow of death (and its shadow seemingly still looming not too far behind us) and experiencing trials and storms, where do we find our source of comfort, strength and truth? When thoughts of doubt, confusion and guilt invade our minds and so many voices try to persuade us which way to turn, what provides us with proper direction and the roadmap to life?
I am convinced that the Bible is our primary source of truth and life. The words that are recorded have been inspired by God (see 2Ti 3:16) and are to be rightly divided for proper understanding and application (see 2Ti 2:15). The Bible is the tool by which I measure any thought or spiritual inclination. I hardly trust my own thoughts and motives and thus, before I declare that God spoke to or led me about something, I must examine if the voice is consistent with the revealed Word of God.
Some passages are difficult to understand. Fallible man has mishandled and twisted Scripture either unintentionally or intentionally for his own advantage. I tremble at times to communicate my understanding of a passage, not wanting to misuse the Word and mislead family, friends, readers, etc. However, I trust in the Bible’s accuracy and hold on to its certain revelation of truth. I have appreciated its value tremendously over this last year. Even though it was hard for me to turn to it during those first few weeks after Isaac’s death, I have found my courage and strength in its pages. It is as if the words project life from the page into my spirit. The pages of the Bible are two-dimensional, however the words seem to have the third dimension of depth behind them.
During a recent gathering, some brothers in Christ and I were sharing some Scripture from our hearts. One of the brothers mentioned how when the Word becomes life to us, we can recite it without much effort. Instead of an exercise in memorization, because we have read and meditated on the Word it becomes a part of us and has brought life to our souls. We can share that life with others to encourage them on their journey. I hope that you can find life and peace through reading the Word of God.