Rolling over, you reach for your phone. The notifications fill your screen. Another night of show-stopping news to catch up on. Quickly skim the article, then the comments, tap a link to the next piece of information, search for the source. By the time you catch yourself, copious amounts of time have passed.
We are all guilty. Guilty of reaching for the world instead of the Word of God first thing in the morning. I have found myself questioning what is true, who can I trust, and how do I know what information is reliable.
As I struggled to write this piece amid political upheaval and the world’s ever-changing “morality”, I just kept coming back to my only true source of information. Reading the Word. Reading the Scriptures. It is in the sacred bounds of God’s Word that we can find the answers to our questions, the Person we can trust, and the promises that prove true and reliable over and over and over again.
When we are empty, how do we fill ourselves? We can spend hours and hours soaking up every word that is fed to us through the news, Facebook, YouTube, etc. Or we can fall on our knees, empty ourselves, and feast on the Word of God. In our joy, our sorrow, our confusion, and our clarity, His Word stands and is unchanging. Let our Father and His Word be our filter, our fact-checker, and our final source.
Here are a few nuggets from God’s Word about His Word.
“Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.” (Proverbs 30:5)
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (1 John 1:1)
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
“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.” (Hebrews 4:12)
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Psalms 119:9-11)
“Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” (Psalm 119:37)
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)
“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)
Pray with me: Thank you, Father, that You are our source of life and truth. May we run first to You. In Jesus name. Amen.
(All Scriptures are in the NIV translation.)
~ Allison Gardner, writer
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