Wednesday, December 5, 2012

God's Word Matters


Hi friends! I'm Jen and I blog over at The Arizona Russums. I am a Seattleite-turned-southerner who is currently living in the desert while I get my PhD in English. This grad school gig is quite the long journey, but thankfully I have a handsome and funny husband to keep me company on this little Arizona adventure we've embarked upon. But enough about me. Today, I want to talk about what matters most in life...

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The longer I live and the older I get, the longer I am sanctified by the Spirit and see more of this crazy messed up world we live in and struggle and rejoice and wonder and suffer and sin like any other human being, the more I am convinced of one thing.

God's Word matters.

It really matters.

Like, a lot.


I don't even have words to describe how important God's Word is in my own life and heart, so I am going to use some of His...

God's Word is...
true.
eternal.
unchanging.
unfailing.
unbreakable.
living.
active.
powerful.
always good.

And this is what His Word does...
it created the universe {Heb. 11:3}
it causes us to be born again {I Peter 1:23}
it increases and multiplies {Acts 12:24}
it builds us up {Acts 20:32}
it teaches us {Col. 3:16}
it corrects and rebukes sin {2 Tim. 2:16}
it discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart {Heb. 4:12}
it gives us certainty of our salvation {I John 2:5}
it upholds the universe {Heb. 1:3}


Hold it. Right there. The Word of God upholds the universe. The Word of God is Christ in the flesh. The Word... the Bible that I {and most likely you} am privileged to own and read and keep at an arm's length at all times and to pull up as an app on my phone... that Word... was breathed out by the living God.

So what about you? Do you read it or does your Bible sit dusty on your shelf? Do you thank God for it - His written gift of grace to you? Do you pray for those who don't have it? For those children growing up in Bible-less homes and for the natives living in other countries who have never seen or heard Scripture in their own language? Because I too often forget to pray those prayers...

But mostly, sister, do you love the Bible and the author of those true, eternal, unfailing words? Do you read it  and praise the writer? Do you read it and obey it? Do you let it wreck you and rock you as you face your own sin and selfishness? Do you let it comfort you and give you peace and hope when you are hurting and dismayed? Do you let it guide you and correct you when your mind is filled with angry thoughts and do you let the Word seal your lips with silence when you are tempted to speak out in bitterness or impatience?


I say all these things, not to condemn you, but to you encourage you. Because I am sure our stories must overlap a bit. I am a girl who used to read her Bible "enough" or when she "had the time" or "more than other people do." And I went on with my haughty little life, doing things the way I wanted to and teaching a Bible study once a week and reading my Bible for a few minutes before I fell asleep each night... most nights... some nights...

And it took 25 years for God's Word to rock me and wreck me and change me. It took 25 years to learn to rise early and meet with the Lord, sometimes before dawn, to cherish His Words, an undeserved gift to me. It took 25 years before God's Word became a part of who I was at the core. Before His Word would come to my mind in my moments of temptation, of selfishness, of impatience, and unrighteousness and gently rebuke me and correct me or prevent me from sinning.


But you know what? God's Word did all those things - corrected me and humbled me and gave me hope... because that is what God's Word does. Every time. He has promised it.

So what about you? Are you in? Do you want to be wrecked and redeemed all at once? Do you want to take God up on His promises and make His Word the foundation of all you think and say and do?

Don't let it get dusty, girl...

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Thanks for letting me share with you today! Since a new year is almost upon us, this might be a great time to think about starting a Bible reading plan for 2013. Last year I rounded up a bunch of plans that work for various schedules and reading styles. You can read that post HERE. And if you have any questions about Bible reading plans, the Gospel or anything else in life - you can always reach me on my blog or via twitter {@jenrussum}!

8 comments:

Catherine said...

This is a lovely post, thank you.

Jelli said...

Great post! I'm definitely guilty of excuse making from time to time to do something other than make time to read Scripture, but I hate the way my attitude is affected when I'm not getting the soul food I need. Thanks for the reminder!

Margaret F said...

I love that you are witnessing so much to other women and offering to be of service and help to others. I bet you're helping more people than you know through spreading God's word. I am guilty of only reading my bible "enough"..

Pamela said...

I def needed this, so thank you! I have really been slacking on reading mine. I (we) was doing so good, then I don't know what happened to me.

Heather Leigh Riley said...

Wow! Great post =D I know one thing I have learned the past year or so that the word cannot be read just by the mind but it must be read and received by the heart! <3 Xoxoxo

nikvik3 said...

Great post! I needed this little reminder, and I'm hopeful to be more consistent in 2013 with my Bible reading. Thanks for having her! :)

Sharina said...

INspiring post, Ruthie! ♥ I followed your blog for more lovely words and inspiration :)

♥,
Shari

Courtney said...

Amen! God's Word does indeed matter! Sooooo much! Thanks for sharing this!

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