Unshakeable Devotional - I Love God's Word

I Love God's Word

By: Pastor Tony Pena, Outreach Pastor
To some people that might sound weird. A little fanatical. Some may even say my love is misplaced: it’s OK to enjoy reading the Bible, but you should reserve your Love for God, right?
The Bible is more than just a book to read. It’s different than Shakespeare or Harry Potter! The Bible is more than just words on pages, it’s active and alive. It is a vital part of the relationship between us and God. And it’s more than just the way God communicates with us.
The apostle John called Jesus the Word (John 1:1), the Word that became flesh, a relationship, otherwise, the reading of God’s Word can become legalistic and we would not fully understand it.
Yes, I love God’s Word. It’s not a burden to read it. I delight in it and look forward to meditating on it so that I can hear from my Father, the One who loves me so much he came to sacrifice himself for me. and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14).
In the psalms, especially Psalm 119, God’s love, salvation, and promises are intimately connected with his Word.
Psalm 119: 47-48, for I delight in your commands because I love them. I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.  

Note the actions in these verses: the psalmist says he “reaches out” for God’s commands. This is not a passive faith, but a very active, aggressive, pursuit of God.
This psalm often talks about the value of meditating on God’s decrees. Note that this is far more than just reading the Bible. Meditating means we really think about and even feel what God is saying to us. It involves listening to intently and patiently.

When I read a passage and meditate on it, I ask God questions, such as: What does this mean?
What are you saying to me?
How does this relate to me?
How can I live this out?
What are you promising me here?
What are you telling me to change?
How does this affect my relationships with you, Father, and with others?
The Holy Spirit is active and moving when we take time to meditate on God’s Word.
 
By the way, I can’t meditate on God’s Word in 5 or 15 minutes a day. This can’t be rushed any more than a relationship with your spouse or child or friend can be rushed.
 
Do you love God’s Word?

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