Two or three weeks ago we celebrated ‘Bible Sunday’. As it’s name suggests, it is a day when we celebrate the glory and the beauty of Holy scripture, and hopefully remind ourselves of the wonderful life-enhancing message which it contains.
But I often wonder just how much of the Bible’s great message we know and understand. I find that every time I read a book. A chapter, or even just a short passage something new suddenly takes me completely by surprise. It is not enough to read through any part once either! We may read a portion which we have heard or read many times and suddenly a wonderful new understanding of some of the words jumps out and hits us between the eyes! I can guarantee it – and my first reaction is usually one of an uplift of my spirit in praise to God!
What does this tell us? What are the advantages for us? Well there are many. I have already mentioned one – an uplifting of the spirits. Another really good one is the acquisition of wisdom, which is much more important than knowledge. I sometimes wonder, perhaps a little pessimistically, just how much knowledge the students in our schools, colleges and universities are accumulating, and whether they are being taught how to use it all! Knowledge is a mere subsidiary of wisdom. I urge you now to get your Bible and read Proverbs chapter 2 verses 1-15, and see if they do not strike you! Go on!
Yet another benefit of our scripture is that it provides us with guidance for our lives. It was these words from Psalm 119 that gave me the inspiration for this piece of writing: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path”. (v 105) The road of life which we travel daily is often rough and dangerous; there are slippery places and pitfalls to be found everywhere! The word of God gives wisdom and guidance in facing all the realities of life. Again, Psalm 119, verses 97-104 speak volumes – “I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey Your precepts…..” but go on – read it through for yourself.
But perhaps especially for me the word of God brings healing in many differing ways. It’s power is able to uproot many of the misunderstandings and misconceptions which our enemy the devil can seize upon and use to his advantage. When scripture is used to reveal the truth the result can be the healing of the spirit which in turn may result in the healing of physical problems as well. It may sound fanciful but in my new ministry at Ellel I have seen it happen with my own eyes! No, it is not necessarily an inevitable outcome but it definitely does happen in many cases.
Derek Prince, a preacher and writer whom I respect very much found it out for himself. His duties in Egypt in the second world war caused a severe form of eczema to affect his skin. No treatment seemed to help. Then one day he read these words from Proverbs 4:20-22 “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to a man’s whole body” Derek took the words about health into his thinking and used the word of God, as he put it, as ’God’s medicine’. He read the Bible three times a day after meals—as medicine was often taken, and six months later his skin complaint had completely cleared.
Such is the word of God. It is not just a book of history, or poetry, or a few letters to friends – it is a mighty force for life!
God Bless and allow His word to teach your spirit