3 Reasons Why God's Word Is More Than Just Another Book
by Chris Moeller - Worship Pastor
Books to me are pretty far down the list of what to do when I’m bored. The Bible was no exception to that. I remember looking at it - thick, with the tiniest of words, and names I couldn’t pronounce - and thought to myself, who reads this?
It wasn’t until later in life that I realized the importance of the Bible in my life. My perspective changed when I went through a crisis of identity in my early college years. Through the help of those closest to me, the Bible changed from merely “a book” to “God’s Word.” And when my perspective changed, I started reading God’s Word more. And when I started reading God’s Word more, God’s supernatural power transformed my life. I learned that God’s word isn’t just valuable, it’s the most valuable gift I would ever receive. Here are three reasons why:
1. God’s Word has the power to save me.
”So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but It shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
Nothing has the power like God’s word to level us and put us in our place. It convicts us, it makes us aware of the burden of guilt we carry because of our sin, it lets us know the punishment for our sin which is death (Romans 3). When God’s Word tells us we are “dead in our trespasses…”, it is the grave reality of our existence apart from Jesus. God’s word reveals the problem. But instead of leaving us there, He provides the solution. From Genesis to Revelation, God’s Word points to the solution for our sin problem: Jesus. Every book of God’s Word points to the truth that God saw us in our need and stepped in to solve the problem for us. Salvation, we know, is a gift and that gift of faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
2. God’s Word has the power to equip me.
”For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The Bible is often portrayed as a bunch of rules that you have to follow in order to get to heaven. The reality is that Jesus has taken away the burden of obeying those rules by perfectly obeying them in our place. And not only that, He received the penalty we deserved for not obeying those rules by bearing our punishment on the cross. However, He could not be held by death, and rose again from the grave by the power of the Holy Spirit - through whom we are made alive in Jesus and new creations. As a result of this amazing gift of grace, God then uses His Spirit-empowered Word to change, transform, and equip us. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” As we read it and apply it to our lives, it chips away and reveals areas in our lives that we need to surrender to Jesus. Not only that, His Word equips us with the same power that raised Jesus to put to death our sin and live for His glory.
God’s Word, in light of the Gospel becomes a powerful tool to equip us toward greater godliness. “Rules” become pathways for glory and all of the “don’ts” become warnings against hurting ourselves and those around us. God’s Word shows us how to make our relationships with other believers the most satisfying of any relationships that we have. It equips us to glorify him in our marriages, in our friendships, even in loving our enemies. God not only saves us, he provides and equips us with the best way to live. And it’s all found in His Word.
3. God’s word has the power to comfort me.
”Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law.” Psalm 119:49-51
God’s Word has the ability to provide comfort for me in the hardest circumstances. For example, I have had many instances where God will place someone in my life to give me a passage of Scripture that speaks directly to what I’m going through - and they may not even know I’m struggling! Remember, God’s Word is living active. When we pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ, the “Word of God made flesh”, He is there for us, providing comfort when we need it most. And most often, it’s through God’s written Word.
God’s Word provides us with this needed comfort because it reminds us of His character and His promises. There have been seasons in my life where I’ll read these promises and it’s as if I’m reading them for the first time - even though I may have read them a dozen times! God has provided his Word to be exactly what we need in every moment of our lives. When we trust God’s character and believe his promises, we will find the strength and comfort to get through the most difficult of days. We often run to so many other things for comfort, when in reality, God’s word will truly comfort us and give us exactly what we need in the moment.
Change your perspective – from “book” to “relationship”.
As a Christian, your relationship with Jesus has a direct correlation with your relationship with His Word. With that in mind, when you approach God’s Word, instead of thinking, “I’m reading a book”, change your perspective to “I’m spending time with Jesus.” When you are going through a trial, you need some time with Jesus. When you don’t know what to do, go hang out with the One who created the universe and holds all things together. When you are having an off-day and you’re irritable and impatient, you need to spend some time with Jesus and let him recalibrate your heart. God’s Word will take on a whole new meaning in your life and will begin to transform your heart when you realize that God’s Word is a gift to you just like Jesus himself.