I sit here writing this On Course from a beautiful, lush property in the heart of San Martin, El Salvador. Here, I witness young men and women choose to set their hearts, minds, and wills to the lofty task of knowing Jesus Christ crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2).
These students have separated themselves to fall in love with The Word (Revelation 19:13) through the Word (that little leather book). Yes, that same Bible that often tragically sits neglected on our shelf contains the words by which we KNOW GOD. As I watch the mountains and valleys of each person’s journey through our discipleship program, Patmos, John 1:14 comes to life: “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory…” I am seeing His glory unfold before me – and no words could capture the beauty of hearts renewed by His Word.
The answer to our question “Why do we want to learn the Word of God?” can be further emphasized by our heart’s cry: we must! Like David, Ezra, John, and all of humanity, our souls thirst for it (Psalm 43).
In October’s book of the month, J.I. Packer brings clarity to our state apart from the Word: “Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.” Jesus understood this, our helpless state, and so explained the nature of the Holy Spirit: “[He] will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (John 14:26).
The Holy Spirit works in our lives by bringing His Word to our mind. If this is how He operates, how crazy must we be to disregard the words that we so desperately need? That little leather book on our shelf is the way He works, the way He grants help, power, and hope to His people!
If today you feel weary, run to the Word.
If this week you are stressed out, run to the Word.
If all of your life you have been wounded, run to the Word.
If lately you feel hopeless, run to the Word.
By the Word, we find the “all things” that He’s granted to us through His promises (2 Peter 1:3). By the Word, we realize we are pilgrims and that we are on our way home (1 Peter 2:11-12). By the Word, we understand that when we feel ravaged by the waves of our lives, we have an anchor of the soul to cling to (Hebrews 6:19). By the Word, we find that eternal life is gained by knowing God and His Son (John 17:3).
Yes, I believe it’s true: His Word eternally gives us hope. It’s just His way.