“The Bible is the only book where the author is always present.” Amen to that.
I’m not exactly sure who to attribute the above quote to, because I’ve researched and cannot determine the source. Still, what a powerful statement it is.
I might have shared this story with you before, but when my daughter Joy was less than 6 months old we were out running errands one day and she got really upset. She’d had enough of mommy and daddy’s to-do list and was ready to get out of the car and play.
My husband Kevin and I both tried all the tricks we knew to try to get her calm before we headed home. Finally, we decided to go ahead and drive home anyway.
Kevin hopped in the back seat of the car, and he whipped out his phone. I was thinking he was going to play her some music — but no, he pulled up his Bible app and he began to read the word of God.
She immediately calmed down. It was one of those absolute God moments, one that I hope we tell her over and over in her lifetime.
I’m so grateful for an all-knowing and all-present God. I’m also eternally grateful for The Word of God.
In Matthew, Chapter 4, verse 4 the Bible states, “But He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”’” (NKJV)
This was Jesus’ answer when the devil was tempting Jesus to turn stones into bread after Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and 40 nights.
May the Scripture from the book of Matthew remind us that not only should we be feasting on the word of God on a daily basis, but may it also offer encouragement to some of you who are fasting through the season of Lent.
There is something to be said about seeking out answers when we are fasting. We are hungry for answers, and we know that Jesus is the answer to all that we seek help on.
Sometimes we just need to read the word of God just to feed our soul. I know there have been times when I read some Scriptures and they didn’t necessarily provide a breakthrough for me at that very moment. But later on, when some trial came up in my life, those very scriptures came to mind and reminded me that His word brings about peace and comfort.
I know that many people would debate about which version of the Bible to read. I’m not here to do that. But if you don’t understand a certain version, I encourage you to try different versions.
I know someone who wouldn’t read the Bible at all because they didn’t understand one particular version. Since then, that person has been introduced to the New International Version and they love reading the Bible now.
The bottom line is He gave us His word to read for a reason, and we know that Jesus never did things without a plan and purpose. Therefore, we should be in His word daily.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at email@example.com.