In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (v1) John 1:1–5
God’s Word is a living Word for it is Jesus we hold when we handle Scripture. The Bible is called God’s Word and this is how Jesus is described.
From before the foundation of the earth, God’s Word existed. That same Word is available to us every day as we open and read Scripture.
Just as the Word is forever with God, so we engage with the presence of God when we choose to engage with Scripture. This has nothing to do with neither the condition in which we approach God’s Word, nor the feelings we experience.
For the Word is itself truth, regardless of how and where I find myself, my feelings or status. It is the Word that alone can sustain the light of God in us in the face of apparently impossible odds, for darkness can never extinguish this light.
There are experiences through which I have only been able to cling to God’s Word by sheer force of will, for the darkness appeared all-consuming. Yet today, the light of Christ remains alive within me – it is by faith alone that we are secure in Christ.
We always retain the freedom to take up or set down God’s Word; yet without it we will be blind to the presence of God in our life and His true purpose. It is God’s Word alone that nourishes and nurtures my life with Jesus. Today, and every day!
Related Scripture to Consider:
Psa. 119:89–96; John 1:6–18; Heb. 10:19–39; Luke 8:4–15.
An Action to Take: Make an agreement between yourself and God to spend time with Scripture each day. To start, use ‘Related Scripture to consider’, fifteen minutes for reading and reflection.
A Prayer to Make: ‘Word of God, light of the world, thank You that darkness can never overcome me whilst I hold on to You. Amen.’
Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.
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