“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
The ‘Word’ is used in the Bible to refer to Jesus, but, we also use it to describe the Bible; His holy Word, the revelation of God, and His truth given to us through scriptures inspired by Him. “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16) When all is said and done, we all need to be taught, corrected, and trained in righteousness, don’t we? Or at least I do.
God’s Holy word is invaluable, blessing us in numerous ways as we read:
- By revealing the knowledge of sin; (Ps. 119:11)
- By offering guidance in our daily walk; (Ps. 119:105)
- By judging our motives, revealing our hearts, and growing us up in Him; (Hebrews 4:12)
- By revealing who God is, and His plan for salvation through Jesus Christ;
- By providing hope for the future as well as joy for today through His sovereign will. (Jeremiah 29:11)
What does abide mean? According to Oxford Dictionaries, abide means to accept or act in accordance with; and its synonyms are obey, observe, and follow. In the Old Testament Joshua was instructed just before going into the promised land not only to be strong and courageous, but also to obey or observe all the law which Moses gave them from God. (Joshua 1:7-8) Further, Joshua is instructed to meditate, or read God’s Word day and night. In other words, he was to abide. Why? So God could instruct them, guide them, protect, and bless them.
So how can we abide? Discipline is key, along with a commitment to abide or read His word daily. Plan a time, a place, and what you will use – a daily reading guide or resource. One of my favorite resources is The Daily Bible, in Chronological Order 365 Daily Readings. If we never create a plan, we will never “accidentally” read God’s Word. If we never create a plan, we will never grow in Christ, make unnecessary mistakes, and will never reap all the numerous blessings and benefits promised in His word. Most importantly, we will never really know Him.
If we trip and fall, and we will; or when we get entangled in the busyness of this world, get back on track and keep on trying! It is well worth the effort! Never surrender, never give up.
About the writer:
Beverly has been an educator, administrator, educational sales representative, Sunday school teacher, and mentor; assisting in First Dallas Women’s ministry, but most importantly is a wife, mother, and grandmother with a passion for sharing Christ.