God’s word, the Bible, is a sacred book. Written by God to help us know Him, His attributes, nature, works, and desire for His children.
Do we approach God’s word with reverence? Are we in awe when we read God’s lover letter to us? Do we believe what it says? Are we willing to stake our lives on it?
Today’s devotion will challenge our thinking about how we approach the Word of God.
Cultivate a profound reverence for God’s Word. Nothing is more grievous to the Holy Spirit than a trifling with Revelation. The words of Scripture are divinely inspired, “Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
Beware of referring to it with levity. To use the words of Scripture irreverently, or to employ its phraseology flippantly, is . . .
to cast discredit upon inspiration,
to press it into the service of the flesh, and
to make the Word of God the jest book of the profane.
This is awful trifling with the thoughts and words of the Holy Spirit!
Stand in awe of this Holy Book!
God says, “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at My Word.” Isaiah 66:2
“Then all who trembled at the Words of the God of Israel…” Ezra 9:4
“My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of Your laws.” Psalm 119:120
“My heart stands in awe of Your Word.” Psalm 119:161
“God’s name is taken more times in vain in churches than anywhere else.
The blasphemy in the sanctuary is worse than the blasphemy in the street!” MacArthur
(Editor’s note: How very sad is it that many professing Christians use the holy Word of God to amuse others with ‘bible jokes’ and in other trifling and irreverent ways. Much of today’s pseudo Christian music, movies and children’s literature use the Word of God in a flippant manner, if not in a downright profane and sacrilegious way.)
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001