Why is the Word so important?

I have recently embarked on a journey and a mission to fully know and understand God's Word, and to help others understand it. When I had a meeting with my Bible mentor, I was asked a rather simple question but the answer puzzled me for a short while.

The question was; 'Do you hear God? How does He speak to us?'

This led to a day of pondering about the question of how to hear God's voice. 

It is important to note how Christianity works. We as Christians are in a relationship with our God. This relationship requires several elements that need to be upkept for it to flourish.

One of the most important elements of a successful relationship is great communication. It is absolutely vital that we as believers learn how to speak to God, and how to hear His response. Ultimately, this will strengthen our bond and relationship and most importantly understanding of our Saviour.

God's utmost desire is for us to get to know Him, understand Him and have a prosperous and nurturing relationship with Him.

Just take a look at this-

John 17:3 'This life is eternal, that they [believers] might know thee [God], the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent".

God's plan and desire has always, and will always be for us to know Him intimately, and therefore we must learn how to do that. 

Our God is a speaking God, a creative God, a loving God. His forms of communication are not limited. Remember He is omnipresent, omnipotent, benevolent and sovereign.

Some examples of His way of communicating to us includes angels, prophets, personal dreams and visions, or even his personal creations.

Take a look at Numbers 22:28;

'Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times"'.

See how creative the Lord can get when He really wants you to receive a message?

However one of the most noticeable ways the Lord speaks to us is through his Word. 

See II Timothy 3:16;

'All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.'

The Bible is God-breathed, it is His very own Word and message that He wants to impart onto us. The Bible is there to equip every believer in carrying out God's will. 

This is why as a believer, it is important to never neglect the Word of God. Read it, memorise it, meditate on it...live it.

See John 14:26;

'But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you'.

When reading and engaging with the Lord's Word, He can do things like use the Holy Spirit to focus your mind and attention to receive the message that He has for you. 

Not only is it important to know the Word for our own personal relationship with God, but also because it is important to be able to defend your faith. 

Remember 1 Peter 3:15;

'But in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect' .

Remember when Jesus was hungry and tired, and being tempted in the wilderness by the devil? What did Jesus use to fight back against the temptations? (Matthew 4:1)

The answer is- nothing but the pure true Word of God. 

The Word is like the sword of the Spirit.with which we can defeat the enemy as we stand against the temptations of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

Knowing and living through God's Word is key on the journey to hearing His voice speak out to you. Through adhering to His Word, we are demonstrating our love for Him and the sacrifices we are willing to make.

This is why it is important as Christians to engage with Scripture. Learn it, live it and spread it in a kind,compassionate and gentle way. 

It is understandable that reading the whole Bible may seem daunting- I am speaking from personal experience. Remember there are believers out there who want to help you understand the Word fully, and to experience God fully. 

Be sure to check out programs such as the Alpha CourseThis can be a fantastic way to engage with others in a similar situation to you. This is the perfect non-judgement environment to ask hard questions and get honest answers.

 Also be sure to engage with your local church. There are people who are there to help you with your journey.

 

 

 

 

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