Take It With You 06.05.2022

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8

In this day of podcasts and You Tube, we have a variety of opportunities to listen to sermons and conversations about the Bible.  If scripturally sound, these can be good resources, but it’s tempting to spend more time listening to what others have to say about scripture rather than actually digging into the Bible ourselves.  Having clouded vision after surgery recently, I’ve thought about how other opinions about God’s word can cloud our vision and understanding of The Gospel, distorting what it actually says.    

Jesus uses the “Parable of the Sower” to depict what can happen in rocky, thorny lives not rooted in The Word.  Matthew 18:23 summarizes Jesus’ teaching:

23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

The power of scripture produces a “crop” of understanding in us when we read it more than just on Sunday morning. We understand The Bible more by reading it ourselves and then discerning as we listen and learn from trusted sources.

Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Many of us learned the Pledge to Bible as children:

“I pledge allegiance to the Bible, God’s Holy Word, I will make it a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and will hide its words in my heart that I might not sin against God.”

Maybe you also learned “The B-I-B-L-E” and sang,

“I stand alone on the word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.”

May the words below from Lynn DeShazo’s hymn, “Ancient Words” be ever true in our lives as we stand alone on the word of God…The Bible…God’s Holy Word.

“Ancient words ever true, Changing me and changing you
We have come with open hearts, Oh let the ancient words impart.”

~ Kerri Hurley