By Brooke Espinoza
I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. -Charles Spurgeon
Though even a quick rinse in God’s Word will not return void, God gives us several motivating reasons to abide in His Word.
God’s Word is powerful!
I am just in awe of how great our God is that He literally spoke the entire universe into existence! The psalmist proclaimed in Psalm 33:6, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.”
Likewise, when a Roman centurion came to Jesus and asked Him to heal his dying servant, Jesus was happy to go with him to his home, but the centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8) This man knew the incredible power of God’s Word! As a result of his great faith in God’s Word, the Roman centurion’s beloved servant was healed that very hour.
God’s Word is life-changing!
Psalm 1 shows the incredible transformation that is promised to anyone whose love for God’s Word drives them to abide in His Word day and night.
“He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3
Just from this one verse we see the life changing power of God’s Word. This person is characterized:
- Like a tree—a symbol of strength and uprightness
- Planted by the rivers of water—fixed and abiding in the refreshing rivers of water
- That brings forth its fruit in its season—a fruitful life
- Whose leaf also shall not wither—with roots so deep into the Living Water, even the heat of trials shall not cause this tree’s leaves to wither
- And whatever he does shall prosper—a prosperous life
God’s Word is mighty!
Just looking solely at Psalm 119, look at what it proclaims are just some of the awesome ways God uses His Word in our life when we take the time to be in it.
- To bless us (v2)
- To cleanse us (v9)
- To give us counsel (v24)
- To revive us (v25)
- To strengthen us (v28)
- To give us a ready answer (v42)
- To give us hope (v49)
- To comfort us in our afflictions (v50)
- To give us life (v93)
- To make us wiser than our enemies (v98)
- To give us more understanding than all our teachers (v99)
- To give us a lamp for our feet and a light to our path (v105)
- To give us great peace (165)
- To keep us from stumbling (v165)
- To deliver us (v170)
Knowing the amazing life-changing power of God’s Word, I know what is at stake if I feel pressure from the day’s schedule to rush through my devotions or skip them all together. So on the days that I’m pressed for time, but still want to spend quality time in God’s Word, I will listen to my favorite audio Bible, The Word of Promise (NKJV) and take my memory verse for the day with me on a 3 x 5 card and meditate on it throughout my day when “my hands are busy, but my mind is free” as Janet Pope says in her book, His Word in My Heart.
Whether we spend time in God’s Word by reading it, studying it, listening to it, mediating on it, or memorizing it, what’s important is that we spent time in it. And when we do, oh will we be blessed!
What Bible verses have had the greatest impact on your life? Let us know in the comments
Brooke blogs at Rivers of Water, a site dedicated to encourage and equip Christian women to fully trust in God and His Word so when their faith is tested, through trials, they will not be shaken. She has a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Calvary Chapel Bible College, and is passionate about studying and memorizing Scripture.