1 Thessalonians 2:13
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
The words of men may touch our hearts. Songs and poems pull at our emotions and may even elicit a tear or two. Well-written stories can take us on journeys and awaken us to new possibilities in life. Speeches from men can inspire passion and motivate us to take some action. We seek out inspirational quotes and words of wisdom from the best minds and thinkers. And the truth is that simple words can be used in many ways to evoke a variety of emotions and responses.
But there is a big difference between the words of men and the Word of God. It may come to us through men’s voices and pens, but the words are God’s words to us, so it is as if they are being spoken directly from God’s lips to our ears and hearts. God’s Word is His ultimate truth and stands as a final authority. While we may sometimes question the credibility of men and be dubious of what they say, we need never doubt anything in God’s Word. The trustworthiness and character behind the One who speaks it makes all the difference.
How amazing it is that God has given His Word to us. He speaks to us in our own language, on our own level. But His Word is much more than just a book that we read. It is something that works in us as believers in Christ. It pulls and tugs our hearts toward the ways of righteousness. It leads us into truth. It reveals the character of our own evil hearts and the merciful heart of our Lord. It pushes and pulls and molds and changes our hearts, our minds, our outlooks.
God’s Word filters in through our ears or our eyes. Sometimes it’s a gentle breeze prodding our hearts to that next step of obedience. Sometimes it’s a gusting wind bursting through a hardness around our heart and breaking open our minds to a new truth to apply. Sometimes it’s a sweet whisper of comfort to an anxious heart. It works as a farmer, digging and planting and watering the precious truths of God so that fruit may bloom in our lives. It labors diligently as a potter, molding and conforming our hearts and minds to look more and more like Jesus. His Word builds the gates around our minds to keep our thoughts on things above. It works in the capable hands of a carpenter to build a strong foundation and a life of service and obedience. So let’s open God’s Word with a humble heart each day expecting to hear from the Author Himself.