Pick It Up and Read It

I recently read that the God of the Bible – also known as Yahweh, the Creator of the World, and The Holy Trinity –  is a very “talkative” God. This is the One who first spoke “Then God said, ‘Let there be  Light; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) Try to imagine it. Listen to the words echo through the vastness of space – the richest, more resonant baritone-bass ever.  Like wondrous, rumbling thunder! (Job 37) So powerful and majestic, His voice breaks cedars, shakes the wilderness, strips the forests bare, and makes the deer to calve! (Psalm 29)

No wonder the children of Israel were shaking in their sandals when they arrived at the foot of a smoking, quaking, thundering Mt. Sinai! Terrified, they begged Moses, “. . . . Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.” (Exodus 20:19)

Other times God spoke in “. . .a sound of a gentle blowing”. (1 Kings 19:12b)   Loud or soft, He communicated His words of love through certain people, “He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets. . . .” . (Hebrews 1:1a)Bible on bench

Then God sent His Son to more vividly communicate His message of love and redemption.  John 1 calls Jesus the actual Word of God, the Word that became Flesh, and the One who explained God. Of himself, Jesus said, “. . . The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.” (John 14:10b)

Today people can read (or listen to) the written Word of God in hundreds of languages. Through websites such as www.Biblegateway.com and www.Biblehub.com and apps such as YouVersion, people can read the Bible at no cost, plus gain understanding through the free Bible commentaries, maps, and other Bible study helps.

“Although it is a collection of 66 books, written by 40 or more different men over a period of 2,000 years, it is clearly one Book, with perfect unity and consistency throughout… The one consistent theme of the Bible… is God’s great work in the creation and redemption of all things, through His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.” http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-t003.html

The Word of God is alive and active and able to penetrate into the deepest parts of your soul. (Hebrews 4:12) There are millions of stories about lives that have been rescued, redeemed, and restored through the reading of God’s Word. One young man, Augustine, bereft in the misery he had made of his life, was sitting in his garden weeping. He overheard a child at play in a nearby yard, “Take it up and read. Take it up and read.” Taking it as a message from God, he picked up a Bible and read the first verse he saw.   Immediately he knew,  that God was speaking directly to him. His thrilling story is one click away –  http://www.ccel.org/ccel/augustine/confess.ix.xii.html

God’s Word is “. . . a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105b). Just pick it up and read it.

About the Writer:
Ruthe Turner serves as the Director of Truett Memorial Library at First Baptist Dallas, where you can find much more information pertaining to the Love of God, as well as stories behind the songs we sing in church. Please visit us, or see our website at http://www.firstdallas.org/library.

 

 

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