As I strive to read more of the written word of God in 2015 than I did in 2014, I find it motivating to meditate upon what the written word of God can do. Here are just a few of things it can do:
1. Satisfy – The Scripture satisfies the core of who we are in a way that no other spiritual food can do.
And he said to me, “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat.
3 And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.
(Ezek. 3:1-3 ESV)
…the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart (Psa 19:8 ESV).
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life (1Jo 5:13 ESV).
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2Ti 3:16-1 ESV).
3. Enable Victory
11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you (Psa. 119:11 ESV).
4. Convert/Lead to Repentance
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Rom 10:17 ESV).
36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
(Act 2:36-37 ESV).
Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads.
2 And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
3 And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day; for another quarter of it they made confession and worshiped the LORD their God
(Neh 9:1-3 ESV).
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Rom 12:2 ESV).
12 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 of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb 4:12 ESV).
7. Give Wisdom
Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts (Psa. 119:98-100 ESV).
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple (Psa 19:7 ESV).