Monday, October 24, 2016

God’s Word Brings Light

I wasn’t going to write another post about Scripture journaling, but then I opened my Bible this morning to this verse. 
Every word you give me is a miracle word—how could I help but obey? Break open your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning. Psalm 119:129-130 MSG (bold mine) 
And how could I not write about it? First in my journal, and then here to share.

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of women about journaling.

I said, “When we don’t make time to be with God in His Word, we miss His comfort, wisdom, strength, understanding, and rest. We can’t understand Scripture if we don’t spend time reading it, but it is God who enables us to understand His Word.

God’s Word provides hope, comfort, perspective, guidance, and instruction. His Word gives us Light. The Light to guide our way.

If we don’t read or hear Scripture, we won’t know what it can do for us…but without God, we can’t understand the full meaning.

God gives discernment and enables ordinary people like you and me to comprehend His Word.

God gives us the ability to feel His Word—and let it change our hearts.

Understanding doesn’t come all at one time. His Word is too great for us to ever completely understand it as He does. He knows how much we can take in each time we meet with Him.

He may lead us to a new verse, or to the same verse over and over, revealing a new layer of depth each time.

This morning, I opened to Psalm 119, and He led me to the above verses and to verse 125. 
I’m your servant—help me understand what that means, the inner meaning of your instructions. Psalm 119:125 MSG 
Each time He leads us to a particular verse, He’s speaking to us. It may be clear at the time why He led us there, like an a-ha moment. Other times, it’s only the beginning, and He will continue to reveal meaning in His time and His way. 
Dear Lord, every Word you give us brings Light into our lives. Light to guide us. Light to give us hope and perspective in this world we live in. You’ve called us, ordinary people, to be Your servants. Please show us what that means and how to live that out for Your glory and Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen. 
In Christ,

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  1. I'm convinced of the truth of this -- when I have a pen in my hand, I read with more purpose and understanding.

    1. I agree Michele! I underline verses in my Bible, but when I rewrite a verse, it helps me remember it.

  2. Laura,

    God's Word truly is active and living.

    I am reading through Romans right now. Probably a book I've read more times in the Bible than any other; yet, I am having so many new insights jump out at me, as if I am reading for the first time. My Journaling Bible is covered with notes and I only just finished the third chapter.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful post about all that God's Word is to us and means to us.


  3. Amen. Sometimes God brings me to a verse over and over and it may not be a while until I realize why, I love that He speaks to me through His word.

  4. Yes!! I get so much more out of Scripture when I take the time to ponder it and process it.

  5. I'm so thankful God gives discernment and enables ordinary people like you and me to comprehend His Word!! Amen! So good, Laura. An inspiration to get into the word more and more. :)

  6. I'm with Michele, I seem to connect better with God and His Word when I journal. I really enjoyed this post. I'd love it if you'd linkup on Mondays @ Soul Survival some time. Blessings!


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