My last two posts have been focused on digging into the Bible so I thought I may as well continue the theme. I still have vivid memories from childhood and adolescence of asking God to open His Word up to me. I was hungry to go beyond a surface level understanding, but didn’t know how to. I was also a shy child when it came to revealing a lack of knowledge – I didn’t want to appear stupid – so I avoided asking questions. God faithfully answered my prayers to understand His Word and continues to do so. He has also emboldened me to ask questions and not fear man’s judgement. He is a good Father!
Despite knowing a lot more of the Word than I did, I still feel like I know the Word to a fraction of the extent that I should know it. Yet, when I look around me, I see that I know the Word more than most believers. This saddens me, because I do not know much of it at all! The treasures of the Word are unending, and yet there is a clear famine of the Word of God amongst His people today.
Why is the church experiencing a Bible famine? I can’t say with one hundred percent certainty, but a couple of my thoughts are: (1) we don’t make time for Bible study, (2) pastors are more concerned about keeping their congregations happy than preaching the Word of God, (3) believers rely solely on their pastors and the latest hit Christian author for their knowledge, rather than seeking truth from the Word, (4) believers (including pastors) are afraid of persecution from the world if they stand on the truth, (5) we want to make people feel good, rather than challenge each other to grow in character, (6) the church has lost its awe of God – awe meaning: reverent fear and wonder.
How sad that we live in a world of Bible famine, for the Word is God. It is living and active; it is sharper than a two-edged sword; it is the bread that sustains; it is the truth that sets free!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)
Get into the Word of God and let Him transform your life! Ending Bible poverty has to start with our own knowledge. It has to start with our own hearts; we must be hungry for more knowledge of God, we must hunger to know Him.
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 63:1-8)
This is my prayer. I long to hunger after God with my whole being. I long to crave Him as I do fine foods, rich desserts, and delectable drinks. I want to open my Bible and see Christ. I want to be transformed by His living Word. And I know that as I do, those around me will be drawn to it too.