The Bible is amazing!
In one book, God captured all different styles of writing: biographical, science fiction (God reaching down into our universe and miraculously breaking the scientific rules that govern it), fantasy, historical, murder mystery, non-fiction, how-to and God not only wrote all these different styles, He placed them all together in best-selling book of all time.
In this series about God's Word, Pastor Miles has taught us that God's speaking, writing, and all other communication are consistent, as is His faithful and unchanging character. As His children, we strive to communicate as He does, that we may be like Him. Today we'll explore the ways in which God's Word lives in us.
1) God wants to write His Word on our hearts. Proverbs 7:1-3, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 10:16-18
My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:1-3
God has already written His Word on paper, so He does not mean to add to the Scriptures by writing on your heart. Instead, He wants to write the truth of His Word into your life and apply it to your being and your character.
As an illustration, Pastor Miles called to mind a restaurant where the workers always seem to be energetic, cheerful, and helpful. How can so many cheerful people be in one place? This is probably because the restaurant simply chooses to hire this type of person. The organization may be able to train a grumpy person to act cheerful and say kind words, but as soon as something goes awry, the worker will revert right back to the way he is deep down inside.
God wants us to live for Him and understand His Word, deep down inside. By writing His Word on our hearts, it can be with us all the time, speaking and guiding us whether we have our Bibles in hand or not. It should shape our characters and make us who we are at the core.
2) God wants to engrave His Word on our minds. Hebrews 8:10
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Hebrews 8:10
Just as a laptop computer will awaken when its cover is lifted, revealing the programs or documents that it was using when it went to sleep, our minds can be this way with God's Word. God wants to put his Word on our minds so it's always there, permanently speaking to us, ready as soon as we wake up in the morning. He wants to transform us, that His thoughts and desires may become ours.
3) God wants us to feed on His Word. 1 Peter 2:1-3, Ezekiel 3:1-3, Matthew 4:1-4
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 1 Peter 2:1-3
God wants us to desire the Word as a baby relies on its mother's milk. It should feed and nourish us so that we can grow and mature.
Do you have dreams? Do you think that you're making them up, or the creative, imaginative, incredible, loving God that made you and knows you best? At tough times, a vision of the life God has for you can sustain you and help you endure. Though it may seem impossible or unrealistic, God has a fantasy for you, and He can give you a glimpse of the man or woman that He wants you to be.
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14
4) God is a light to our path. Psalm 119:105
In extreme darkness, a lamp will only light a few feet ahead of us, that we may take safe steps. It does not illuminate the whole path or allow us to see what is coming ahead.
God's Word is like a lamp in the darkness. God always brings mystery into our lives, and though occasionally, He may give us a glimpse of what lies ahead, He promises to illuminate our present steps as we trust in His Word.