Is the Word Worn Out?
What's the condition of your Bible? For the last five years during the month of June I would buy myself a brand new Bible and give away the previous years Bible. My thinking was that I wanted a new Bible that would reflect my journey of learning during the course of that specific year.
When I went to place my order this past June, I realized that I missed my old Bible or in this case Bibles. I missed seeing the things I underlined, highlighted, and marked. There is something about having a Bible that is all worn out. When you flip through it and see all the different places you highlighted or little notes you made in the margins, you realize these are reminders of God speaking to you through His Word. These reminders reflect a necessary discipline we must all have in our lives as Christ-followers. We must commit to studying the Word, which is today's focus in our Prayer and Fasting Journal. Let's get out our Bible, highlighter, special pen and a cup of coffee! Let's take today to study the amazing Word of God that everyday continues to amaze, challenge, encourage, push, and move. If we desire to grow in our ability to hear God regularly as we have been talking about around Heartland, then we must utilize the different tools that God has given to help tune our ears to Him. Studying the Word of God is one of the most important tools He has given us.
"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." - Hebrews 4:12
“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.” - John R.W. Stott
For the record... I didn't buy a new Bible, but continued into year two with my current one and with every little crease and crinkle along with every marking and highlight I had made. I am so thankful for the living Word of God.
"A bible that is falling apart, usually belongs to a person who isn't." - Unknown